A Baroque Period: Gebel el-Silsila at the End of the 18th Dynasty

Nils Billing, Philippe Martinez, Maria Nilsson, John Ward

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The archaeological site of Gebel el-Silsila, between Edfu and Kom Ombo, has preserved the largest ancient Egyptian quarry. Archaeologically known since the beginning of the 19th century and portrayed in the Description de l’Égypte, it was documented by the Egypt Exploration Society and Ricardo Caminos during the 1950s–1980s. However, Caminos’s thorough graphic work remains mainly unpublished, while the archaeological exploration of the site had been left untouched. The existing documentation is scarce and the bibliography has
remained very limited for such a large and important site. The site’s archaeological and historical value has been largely ignored or undervalued, long being considered mainly of interest for quarry scape specialists. These were the main reasons the Gebel el-Silsila Project was launched a decade ago by Lund University under the direction of Dr. Maria Nilsson and John Ward, with the help
of a growing and international team of specialists and students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICE XII
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Twelfth International Congress of Egyptologists, 3rd - 8th November 2019, Cairo
EditorsOla el-Aguizy, Burt Kasparian
Place of PublicationCairo
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9782724709537
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameBibliothèque générale (BiGen)
PublisherInstitut Francais D'Archeologie Orientale
ISSN (Print)1110-2470

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

Free keywords

  • Gebel el-Silsila
  • Epigraphy
  • Amenhotep III
  • Ancient Quarry
  • Monuments
  • fieldwork
  • Archaeology


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