Quarrying for Claudius, protected by Min: A small quarry at Gebel el-Silsila East

Maria Nilsson and Adrienn Almásy

Inscriptions in the quarries of Gebel el-Silsila East previously confirmed that they were in use until the time of Emperor Tiberius, but new discoveries have shown that quarrying activity there continued for at least two more generations. In one of the many smaller quarries three men repeatedly carved their names on the quarry faces, dating their visits to a period between the sixth and tenth imperial years of Claudius. Close-by is a roughly carved scene depicting the Egyptian god Min, and a demotic text describes him as the protective deity of the area. This article explores what may well have been the final phase of ancient quarrying at Gebel el-Silsila East, with Min as protector of its workers.

Read the full article 

To reference this article we suggest:

Nilsson, M. and A. Almásy. 2015. Quarrying for Claudius, protected by Min: A small quarry at Gebel el-Silsila East. BMSAES 22: 87–110.
www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/BMSAES/issues_22/nilsson_and_almasy.aspx

Contact the authors

maria.nilsson@klass.lu.se
almasy.adrienn@yahoo.fr