Gabal Al Mawta (Mountain of the Dead)

As its name suggests, this limestone hill is home to over 700 Roman and four 26th Dynasty tombs carved into the rock face, some 90 percent of which remain unexcavated despite a history of vandalism and theft, especially by soldiers during World War II.  The four 26th Dynasty tombs are open to the public and feature well-maintained mural drawings. In times of insecurity, Siwans have sought refuge in these caves, living with the dead to avoid great rains and the invasions of World War II.  The view from the mountaintop provides a terrific panorama of the oasis.