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A half finished obelisk in the Pharaonic quarry in Aswan which cracked into two as it was being cut away from the bedrock.

 

With the effort required to get that far in cutting such a huge piece of stone, the frustration (and anger?) of the workers must have been immense.

 

You could imagine there being a good deal of cursing and gnashing of teeth!

Granite from here was transported down the Nile for use in the various building sites of ancient Egypt

Inscription in the Aswan granite quarry taken in 2007

An unfinished block in the Aswan granite quarry in 2007. The block was originally intended to form a statue.

Indentations where pounders were used to extract blocks from the Aswan granite quarry. The groove between the block to be extracted (right) and the rest of the rock (left) is clearly visible in 2007

Indentations where pounders were used to extract blocks from the Aswan granite quarry in 2007

The Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarry at Aswan

The top of the Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarry at Aswan. Taken 2007.

Probable harbour for loading granite blocks in the Aswan granite quarry in 2007.

Rock drawings of ostriches and other creatures carved on the quarry faces at Aswan in 2007

Rock drawings of ostriches and other creatures carved on the quarry faces at Aswan in 2007

Rock drawings of ostriches and other creatures carved on the quarry faces at Aswan in 2007

Rock drawings of ostriches and other creatures carved on the quarry faces at Aswan in 2007