Aswan: Where Life Slows Down and The Air is Breathable
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November 20th, 2003 – by: genkeeper
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: (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 is a rare site in that archaeologist have been able to gather data from the Pre-Dynastic Period through Roman times.
It's an okay museum. It is very well laid out and contains collections from Elephantine, Aswan and Nubia.
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.
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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