Saturday, April 19, 2008

Some drowned, some buried

Al Ahram Weekly (Nevine El-Aref)

On several occasions Zahi Hawass has announced that underwater investigations were planned for the Nile Valley. In this article Nevine El-Aref describes the recovery of artefacts from the riverbed at Aswan.

It is surely in the quiet and relaxing city of Aswan that the Nile is at its most beautiful. The river flows through an amber desert, past granite rocks and round emerald islands smothered in palm groves and tropical plants. This peaceful scene, however, was disturbed last week by archaeologists shouting and yelling at one another from their moored yacht while they carried out the delicate task of hoisting a decorative object from the bed of the river where it had lain for more than 2,500 years.

It was one of several newly-found artefacts that sank beneath the ripples of the shifting Nile off the shore beside the Old Cataract Hotel, across the river from the legendary Elephantine Island where relics remain of stone temples dating from various eras in the history of ancient Egypt, along with the Roman Nilometre.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is really interesting, I read the article earlier and then found your blog through the Explorator newsletter. It makes sense that they would start to do this type of excavation in the Nile. I wonder if others have actually been doing this all along.
Thanks for sharing, I am going to add your blog to my blog links.