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Ancient Egyptian Harbor for Transferring Stones Discovered

An Egyptian archaeological team working at Gebel Silsilah site in Upper Egypt has discovered a main harbor, where stones were transferred from quarries through the Nile River to be later used to build temples and obelisks.

Dr Moustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the harbor is located on the east bank of the Nile and extends for about 100 meters. It is also about 200 meters away from the big quarry (No. 34) in the area, Waziri added.

The harbor was covered with debris, Nile slit and grass before the team removed all that and cleaned the place only to find inscriptions and boat docking signs, he explained.

Abdel Men’em Saeid, director general of antiquities in Aswan, said the quarries in Gebel Silsilah are considered the biggest in Egypt, if not the whole world. They had been widely used in the beginning of the 18th Dynasty to cut sandstones and continued until modern times, Saeid added.

Stones of the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Habu, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna and Dandara had all been cut from Gebel Silsilah quarries, he noted.

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