The site at el-Muzzawwaka is a cemetery of more than
200 rock-cut tombs in a hill of shale, gypsum and limestone
It may be associated with the nearby site of Amheida.
Because of the geological conditions all but two of the tombs
have collapsed. These are the tombs of Pady-osiris and of
Pedubastis, each with important zodiac ceilings, and Classical
and Pharaonic style painted wall decoration.
|Interior of the tomb of Padi-osiris,
showing a funerary scene
The Dakhleh Oasis Project’s proposed programme of conservation
will involve isolating these two tombs from the unstable bedrock,
repairing and reinforcing the plasterwork of the interiors,
and creating a Visitor Information Centre which will include
full scale replicas of the two decorated tombs.
The hillside in which the el-Muzzawwakka
tombs were installed
Preliminary mapping and recording has been done and the funds
are now being sought to support the conservation programme.