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World's oldest harbor found in Egypt

Posted on Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments

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A vast harbor complex thought to be 4,500 years old has been unearthed on the shores of the Red Sea.

The harbor predates the current oldest known harbor by 1,000 years and is believed to have been used to help extend the domain of the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu by shipping copper and other materials across the Mediterranean. The harbor complex is located about 112 miles south of Suez and was discovered by a team from the French Institute for Archaeological Studies.

Also among the ancient dock structures archaeologists found carved stone anchors and a treasure trove of papyrus documents, one of which belonging to a port official who helped lead the construction of the Great Pyramid. "He mainly reported about his many trips to the Tura limestone quarry to fetch block for the building of the pyramid," said Egyptologist Pierre Tallet.

""This diary provides for the first time an insight on this matter," Tallet said."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by cormac mac airt on 17 April, 2013, 11:25
Saru, kmt_sesh has done beat you to it. Always nice to see new discoveries though. cormac
Comment icon #2 Posted by BuzzLightYear on 17 April, 2013, 12:41
Well so much for ET building the Pyramids.
Comment icon #3 Posted by andy hair candy on 17 April, 2013, 13:59
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hobbit Feet on 17 April, 2013, 18:00
I love this stuff!
Comment icon #5 Posted by moonshadow60 on 17 April, 2013, 18:44
Me, too. Having the documentation to back up the discovery is totally amazing.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Silver Surfer on 17 April, 2013, 23:48
Egypt is a frickin treasure trove of ancient historY! Can you DIG iT? Yes we caaN!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Silver Surfer on 18 April, 2013, 6:49
The zero interest in this deafening. :/
Comment icon #8 Posted by Zeta Reticulum on 18 April, 2013, 8:01
Built about 500 years after the "Iceman" died on the alps. And about 1000 years before the first 2 tonne blocks were hewn with copper axes (and they also cut granite) with copper axes. HMMMMM how long would that take, hitting granite with copper ?
Comment icon #9 Posted by kwin on 21 April, 2013, 5:50
Must maintain the 'accepted' theology timeline. As was done with all the middle east.

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