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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