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At Empire's EdgeExploring Rome`s Egyptian Frontier$
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Robert B. Jackson

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300088564

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300088564.001.0001

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The Quarry Roads to the Nile River

The Quarry Roads to the Nile River

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(p.55) III The Quarry Roads to the Nile River
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At Empire's Edge
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Robert B. Jackson

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300088564.003.0004

This chapter outlines that although Mons Porphyrites and Mons Claudianus have been much researched by archaeologists, the routes which the Romans used to transport the stone from these quarries to the Nile River have yet to be explored much. Beyond the fort at Umm Balad, the Romans built a chain of six hydreumata along the route from Mons Porphyrites to Qena, to control communications and travel and to protect vital water sources. Not much more is known of the exact route used by the Romans to haul stone from Mons Claudianus to the Nile than is known about the Porphyry Road. Although researchers know approximately which routes the Romans used to move stone from Mons Porphyrites and Mons Claudianus to the Nile, the specific techniques they employed to do so are yet a mystery.

Keywords:   Mons Porphyrites, Mons Claudianus, archaeologists, Nile River, Romans, Porphyry Road, Qena

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