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Qustul Incense Burner, Qustal, Nubia, Cemetery L, tomb 24, A-Group, 3200-3000 BC, limestone - Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago - DSC08007.JPG
Qustul Incense Burner.
Qustul is located in Egypt
Shown within Egypt
Location Aswan Governorate, Egypt
Region Nubia
Coordinates 22°14′0″N 31°37′0″E / 22.23333°N 31.61667°E / 22.23333; 31.61667Coordinates: 22°14′0″N 31°37′0″E / 22.23333°N 31.61667°E / 22.23333; 31.61667
Type Archaeological site

Qustul is an archaeological cemetery located on the eastern bank of the Nile in Lower Nubia, just opposite of Ballana near the Sudan frontier. The site has archaeological records from the A-Group culture, the New Kingdom of Egypt and the X-Group culture.

Qustul has been flooded by Lake Nasser.

A-Group records[edit]

Three significant A-group culture cemeteries of the times of the First Dynasty of Egypt have been excavated, the most important one, cemetery L, revealed wealthy burials of rulers. In one of these graves was found an incense burner depicting images assigned to the Pharaoh like the White Crown of Upper Egypt.[1]

X-Group records[edit]

A necropolis of the X-Group excavated by Walter Emery in 1931-1933 features large grave tumulae with bed burials for the kings with funeral sacrifices of horses, horse trappings and servants from the fourth to the sixth century CE. The royal nature of the burials is confirmed by the presence of bodies which were still wearing their crowns at the time of their discovevery.[2]


  1. ^ More info about the Qustul Incense Burner retrieved 30 March 2017
  2. ^ Derek A. Welsby, The kingdom of Kush: the Napatan and Meroitic empires, chapter 9: The Decline and Fall of the Kushite Kingdom, ISBN 978-1558761827

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