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Qasr Ibrim Review

This is a large site on what is now an island. Not too many years ago the area was attached to the mainland by a spit of land. Because of the rise in the level of water in the lake, it is now impossible to land and walk around Qasr Ibrim, although archaeological work here continues. The fortress is interesting because it encompasses several periods of history: pharaonic, Roman, Christian, and Arab/Nubian, up to the mid-20th century.

The island houses the remains of temples from the 18th and 25th dynasties, as well as rock-cut shrines dedicated to different pharaohs and assorted gods dating to the 18th and 19th dynasties. Remains of a sizable fortress of the Augustan period are also visible, as are portions of a large basilica and foundations and standing sections of dwellings. Archaeologists working at the site have found much well-preserved evidence—leather, manuscripts, pottery, and animal and botanical remains—that sheds light on daily life during the various periods of occupation at Qasr Ibrim.

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