British archaeologists discovered an Old Kingdom Mastaba in Delta. Updated

Egypt Exploration Society mission unearthed a mastaba dated back to the reign of King Khaba of 3rd Dynasty (rules for 6 years) in Quesna, Minufiya governorate in the Delta.
Dr. Mamdouh El Damaty, Minister of Antiquities said “It is the first time to discover an Old Kingdom tomb in Quesna which is known for Roman period antiquities.”
Dr. Joanne Rowland (Free University, Berlin), director of the mission (EES Delta Survey) said ” In 2010, a mud brick structure was discovered to the north of the site, which the associated pottery led the team to suspected was an early Old Kingdom Mastaba. When the excavation of this structure resumed in 2014, the initial identification was confirmed and along with the finding of many beads, a mud seal impression with the name of King Khaba (Dynasty III) was discovered in one of the two burial niches. This may indicate that the tomb belonged to a high official from this king’s reign.”

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  1. It is not the tomb of Khaba, but instead that of a high official from his reign. His tomb is the Layer Pyramid at Zawyiet el-Arrian.

  2. Thanks and a very interesting structure in a very unusual location for that period, or at least unusual to find one from that period in that area.

    But, I have to say this statement seems premature: "Dr. Joanne Rowland, director of the mission (EES Delta Survey) said " In 2010, a mud brick structure was discovered to the north of the site which the team suggested it is a Mastaba and then the excavations continued till in 2014 when a seal with the King's name was found and confirmed it is his tomb"

    One cartouche does not a pharaoh make. It is possible this article is mistranslated or misquoting the statement made.

  3. David – In the last sentence it is witten that the tomb probably belonged to a high official from this king's reign. Also at the top it is said that they unearthed a mastaba dated back to the reign of King Khaba. They didn't say nowhere that it is the king's tomb.

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