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Pictorial representations at Gebel el Silsila : A 10 000 year long repertoire

Nilsson, Maria LU and Ward, John (2016) In Archaeological Heritage & Multidisciplinary Egyptological Studies (AHMES) 3. p.167-183
Abstract (Swedish)
Gebel el-Silsila (Mountain of Chain) is located between Kom Ombo and Edfu on both banks of the Nile where it reaches its narrowest point. The site is generally known for its many Pharaonic cenotaphs, stelae and the speos of Horemheb, but it was once also the world’s largest quarry. As such it was renowned for its high quality sandstone, and the stone was extracted and transported to all over
Upper Egypt, used for the construction of some of Egypt’s greatest temples such as Karnak, Luxor, Ramesseum, Edfu, Dendera, etc. However, in addition to its monumental grandeur what makes Gebel el-Silsila unique is its extensive pictorial repertoire that ranges from Epipaleolithic rock drawings to one of the world’s more complex quarry marking... (More)
Gebel el-Silsila (Mountain of Chain) is located between Kom Ombo and Edfu on both banks of the Nile where it reaches its narrowest point. The site is generally known for its many Pharaonic cenotaphs, stelae and the speos of Horemheb, but it was once also the world’s largest quarry. As such it was renowned for its high quality sandstone, and the stone was extracted and transported to all over
Upper Egypt, used for the construction of some of Egypt’s greatest temples such as Karnak, Luxor, Ramesseum, Edfu, Dendera, etc. However, in addition to its monumental grandeur what makes Gebel el-Silsila unique is its extensive pictorial repertoire that ranges from Epipaleolithic rock drawings to one of the world’s more complex quarry marking systems. This paper aims to present a brief overview of the site itself, the aims of the ongoing survey project, with a strong focus on the pictorial graffiti (illustrations) from Epipaleolithic rock drawings dated to approximately 10 000 B.P. to the highly symbolic Graeco-Roman quarry marks with some 5000 examples. (Less)
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Gebel el Silsila, Rock Art, Ancient Graffiti, Fieldwork, Archaeology
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Archaeological Heritage & Multidisciplinary Egyptological Studies (AHMES)
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Capriotti Vittozzi, Giuseppina; Porcelli, Fransesco; and
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3
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167 - 183
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Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico (ISMA)
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2334-8154
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9788880801849
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English
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  abstract     = {Gebel el-Silsila (Mountain of Chain) is located between Kom Ombo and Edfu on both banks of the Nile where it reaches its narrowest point. The site is generally known for its many Pharaonic cenotaphs, stelae and the speos of Horemheb, but it was once also the world’s largest quarry. As such it was renowned for its high quality sandstone, and the stone was extracted and transported to all over<br/>Upper Egypt, used for the construction of some of Egypt’s greatest temples such as Karnak, Luxor, Ramesseum, Edfu, Dendera, etc. However, in addition to its monumental grandeur what makes Gebel el-Silsila unique is its extensive pictorial repertoire that ranges from Epipaleolithic rock drawings to one of the world’s more complex quarry marking systems. This paper aims to present a brief overview of the site itself, the aims of the ongoing survey project, with a strong focus on the pictorial graffiti (illustrations) from Epipaleolithic rock drawings dated to approximately 10 000 B.P. to the highly symbolic Graeco-Roman quarry marks with some 5000 examples.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Maria and Ward, John},
  editor       = {Capriotti Vittozzi, Giuseppina and Porcelli, Fransesco},
  isbn         = {9788880801849},
  issn         = {2334-8154},
  keyword      = {Gebel el Silsila,Rock Art,Ancient Graffiti,Fieldwork,Archaeology},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {167--183},
  publisher    = {Istituto di Studi sul Mediterraneo Antico (ISMA)},
  series       = {Archaeological Heritage & Multidisciplinary Egyptological Studies (AHMES)},
  title        = {Pictorial representations at Gebel el Silsila : A 10 000 year long repertoire},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2016},
}