Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Photo for Today - The Great Pit

The Great Pit is the name given to the vast hole in the ground
behind the temples of Deir el Medina. To give you some idea how
vast, see the stone hut to the top left of the uppermost photo.
According to Kent Weeks (The Illustrated guide to Luxor,
American University in Cairo Press) it is over
50m (164ft) deep and 30m (98ft) wide.

The most popular theory is that it represents an attempt to
dig a well to supply the area with water, but even that theory
seems to leave the question of why it was quite so big in doubt.

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