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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

AncientPlanet Online Journal: VOL. 2: JUNE/JULY 2012 - PREVIEW

We are very happy to promote and inform the great work of the team behind Ancient Planet Online, and honored to present an introduction to our work on Quarry Marks:

Pseudo Script at Gebel el Silsila: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Quarry Marks

By Dr. Maria Nilsson

Abstract: The ancient Egyptian site of Gebel el Silsila is known for its many pharaonic stelai, funerary shrines and the famous rock-cut chapel of Pharaoh Horemheb, but this article leaves the Pharaohs’ chronicles and explores instead a complex and mysterious marking system that is preserved as engravings in the site’s extensive quarries that run on both sides of the Nile. Here we will investigate Graeco-Roman quarry marks, also known as masons’ marks, to learn about their possible practical and symbolic meanings. 

Key words: 

Gebel el Silsila, pseudo script, quarry marks, Graeco-Roman Egypt

AncientPlanet Online Journal: VOL. 2: JUNE/JULY 2012 - PREVIEW

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