Monday, June 13, 2005

Land Reclamation Project
For those keeping tabs on land reclamation projects, some of which have hidden or destroyed a rich prehistoric past, this article talking about plans to reclaim land for agricultural purposes along the Nile and in the Western Desert. The government is "considering a plan to develop 400 village communities in the Western Desert close to the old governorates. This scheme would reduce the overcrowding in the older towns and villages and cut emigration to the capital". The idea is to extend land near to existing villages, effectively widening the agricultural potential of the Nile, from Borg el-Arab on the north coast to Aswan in the south, and on the west side of the Cairo-Alexandria desert road. There is nothing in the article about the archaeology of these areas, but I am sure that if there is a threat, this will eventually come to light.

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