Ancient Egyptian Port Found

An ancient Egyptian port was recently discovered in an archaeological excavation.

An ancient Egyptian port used to construct monuments  was recently discovered in an archaeological excavation.

By Chuma Kisu

According to international news reports, an ancient Egyptian port was recently found by archeologists that was once used to transport building materials for construction of temples and obelisks.

The announce of this discovery was made by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiques. It was made in late March 2019.

According to reports the ministry announced that this port was used to transport stone along the Nile River. They went on to say that stones form the quarries of Gebel el-Silsila were uncovered.

The findings were made during excavations at the ruins of Kom Ombo near Aswan.

The port on the Nile’s west bank extends over 328 feet and lies about 657 feet from a large stone quarry, according to Mustafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

River silt and greenery were cleared from the area, revealing inscriptions and mechanisms for tying the boats.

Gebel el-Silsila is an important source of sandstone in Egypt. Abdul Mouneim Saeed, director general of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities Council, said that it has been widely used from the 18th dynasty into the modern era.

Stone used to build temples such as Al Karnak, Habu, Kom Ombo and Dendera was mostly cut in the area’s quarries, Saeed said, according to the announcement.

The port’s discovery is the latest in a series of recent archaeological announcements. Egypt is hoping to increase tourism interest in a destination that suffered following uprisings in 2011.

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