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An Ostracon From The Quarry At Umm Balad

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During two seasons, in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003, emergency excavations were carried out at the site of Umm Balad, a small quarrying complex about eleven kilometres south of Mons Porphyrites. A visit to the quarries shows numerous failed blocks, because the stone frequently did not split as planned and very little stone was ever exported from these quarries. During the two excavation seasons the garbage deposit was removed entirely, yielding, among other things, almost one thousand Greek ostraca, many of which are concerned with the transportation of water since there was no well by the camp and water had to be brought by camels from several wells in the neighbourhood.

Keywords: camels; Greek ostraca; Mons Porphyrites; Quarry; Umm Balad



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