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Aswan: Where Life Slows Down and The Air is Breathable

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Aswan is filled with lots of goodies - albeit a large amount of it is Greco-Roman or Nubian. 

Tombs of the Nobles

To reach the Tombs of the Nobles, you have to rent a felucca to take you across the Nile (and bring you back) to where the Egyptian desert cliffers tower impressively. 

Sarenput II: (No. 31) Sarenput was a local governor and commander of the frontier garrison of the south under the 12th Dynasty Pharaoh Amenemhat II.  His tomb is one of the best preserved at the Tombs of the Nobles.  The colors were very vibrant.

Mekhu and Sabni: (No. 25 & 26)  The adjoining tombs of father and son, Mekhu and Sabni, both overseerer of Upper Egypt, date from the extraordinarily long reign of the 6th Dynasty Pharaoh Pepi II.
Harkhuf's tomb. Phil making his way through the shaft deeper into the tomb.
  Mekhu was killed on an expedition into Africa, resulting in his son, Sabni, leading the army into Nubia to punish the tribe responsible.  He retrieved his father's body and brought it back to Egypt.

Harkhuf: (No. 34)  A governor of the south under Pepi II.  He led 3 trading expeditions into Nubia.  His tomb has a long biographical text which includes a copy of a letter he received from Pharaoh Pepi II, who was then an eight year old boy.  Harkhuf brought a pygmy back for the young king.  Pepi II wrote him a letter giving him instructions on how to take careful care of his present.  It is does read like it was written by an 8 year old.

Sarenput I:  (No. 36)  He was a regional governor during the 12th Dynasty reign of Senruset I. 

Elephantine

Elephantine is a rare site in that archaeologist have been able to gather data from the Pre-Dynastic Period through Roman times.
Harkhuf's tomb. We are watching Phil inch down the shaft, shouting encouragement as he dodges bats and ancient curses.
 

Aswan Museum

It's an okay museum.  It is very well laid out and contains collections from Elephantine, Aswan and Nubia.

Granite Quarries

At the ancient granite quarry you can see an unfinished obelisk, cutting and grinding marks, the dolorite rocks used for cutting, and glyphs of birds painted on a wall. 

Nubian Museum

The Nubian Museum has lots of nice Nubian pieces, I just couldn't enjoy it as peacefully as I would have liked because my friends and I became the main attraction for all the gawking Egyptian teenagers.  It was Eid and the whole town came out to look at the Egyptian stuff, which translates to oogle the foreigners.
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Tombs of the Nobles. Aswan.
Tombs of the Nobles. Aswan.
Tombs of the Nobles. Aswan.
Tombs of the Nobles. Aswan.
Tombs of the Nobles.
Tombs of the Nobles.
Tombs of the Nobles.
Tombs of the Nobles.
Tombs of the Nobles.
Tomb's of the Nobles.
Sarenput IIs tomb.
Sarenput II's tomb.
Sarenput IIs tomb.
Sarenput II's tomb.
Mekhu and Sabnis tomb.
Mekhu and Sabni's tomb.
Sarenput IIs tomb.
Sarenput II's tomb.
Harkhufs front - Pepi IIs letter.
Harkhuf's front - Pepi II's letter.
Mekhu and Sabnis tomb.
Mekhu and Sabni's tomb.
Sarenput IIs tomb.
Sarenput II's tomb.
Aswan.
Aswan.
Aswan - High Dam.
Aswan - High Dam.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Nilometer. Elephantine.
Nilometer. Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Elephantine.
Skull. Elephantine.
Skull. Elephantine.
Elephantine Museum.
Elephantine Museum.
Granite Quarry.
Granite Quarry.
Unfinished Obelisk. Granite Quarry.
Unfinished Obelisk. Granite Quarry.
Unfinished Obelisk. Granite Quarry.
Unfinished Obelisk. Granite Quarry.
Grinding stones. Granite Quarry.
Grinding stones. Granite Quarry.
Granite Quarry.
Granite Quarry.
Rock art. Granite Quarry.  We were…
Rock art. Granite Quarry. We wer…
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photo by: Vikram