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Archaeological Survey


    • This project focuses on the "Chephren Diorite Quarries" ... to gain a better understanding of the logistics of quarrying and living conditions of Old and Middle Kingdom Egyptian quarry workers working in Lower Nubia, at the very edges of Egyptian-controlled territory in the 3rd and early 2nd millennia B.C.

    Project Dates

    • 1997 - 2000


    • No period data has been added yet
    • 3900 BC
    • 2686 BC
    • 1650 BC

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    • What can the Quartz Ridge settlement at Gebel el-Asr tell us about the early Egyptian quarry workers' origins, ethnicity, living conditions and diet? What can the pottery tell us about the specific dates when stone was being quarried? Were the edifices currently identified as "loading ramps" actually used for such a purpose? Can we locate the 80km road between the quarries and the Nile (the longest surviving quarry road in the ancient world)? What kind of "vehicle" were the stones loaded onto? (sled? cart? boat/barge dragged across desert from the seasonally flooding Wadi Tushka?)

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