Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Photographs from Wadi Hammamat

Egyptian Monuments (Su Bayfield)

Thanks very much to Su Bayfield for the link to her latest collection of photographs, this time of engravings from the Wadi Hammamat. The Wadi Hammamat, the road link between Qift and Quesir which bisects the Eastern Desert, is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Egypt. I have been there several times and it was lovely to see Su's excellent photographs and read the accompanying descriptions.

The Wadi Hammamat was visited from Predynastic times onwards and in the Pharaonic period was used for quarrying stone and as a route from the Nile to the Red Sea. It is still dotted with Roman watch posts which sit on the hill tops that border the wadi.

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