The Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Wadi al-Nasab area in South Sinai has uncovered parts of a building complex dating back to the Middle Kingdom- press photo
CAIRO - 10 January 2022: The Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Wadi al-Nasab area in South Sinai has uncovered parts of a building complex that was used as a headquarters for the head of the Egyptian mining expeditions in Sinai during the Middle Kingdom.
In a statement Monday, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri explained that this mission is the first to carry out excavations in this area.
The discovered building is located in a distinct area in the middle of the valley and in the middle of the copper and turquoise mining areas, he noted.
Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities Ayman Ashmawy said that the initial studies on the building indicated that at the time of its construction it consisted of two floors; the first with two halls, two rooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a staircase that leads to the second floor.
Head of the archaeological mission Mostafa Nour Eddin said that the study also proved that this discovered building was used after its construction as a headquarters for mining missions, but it was abandoned during the second transition period, then reused during the era of the modern state, and then neglected again.
The building was used in the Roman era, he said, adding that some internal modifications were implemented to the building, such as making an entrance to it from the north side.