Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Roman Mines in Eastern Desert

Recent excavations at a Roman porphyry mine "have not only revealed the well-preserved quarries and the dwelling places of the quarry men, but have also revealed thousands of ostraca, that is potsherds with inscribed messages, that provide fascinating details of how the quarrying took place, and of how the quarrymen ordered their food - some for themselves, some for their wives on the Nile".

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