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  Nawamis are tombs. These mysterious prehistoric structures can be dated back to the Chalcolithic period (Copper Stone Age), which was about 4000-3150 BC. Archeologists have found coloured beads, bracelets out of shells, tools and bones insite the tombs which they believe to have been funeral offerings.

These tombs normally measure between 3-6 (10-20 ft) meters in diameter and 2-3 meters (6.5-8.5 ft) high. They are round and built out of sandstone. The entrance is at the same time the only light source, always facing west.

It is believed that the Nawamis were ancient burial chambers. However, the identity of those been buried here is still a unclear. Probably the biggest place to be visited - with more that 30 Nawamis - is right next to the road from Nuweiba to St. Catherine. To enjoy the emazing view of the valley it may be recommended to go shortly before sunset.

view eastwards, St. Catherine in the back



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