The industrial landscape of the Northern Faiyum Desert as a World Heritage Site: modelling the ‘outstanding universal value’ of third millennium bc stone quarrying in Egypt

  title={The industrial landscape of the Northern Faiyum Desert as a World Heritage Site: modelling the ‘outstanding universal value’ of third millennium bc stone quarrying in Egypt},
  author={Elizabeth Bloxam and Tom Heldal},
  journal={World Archaeology},
  pages={305 - 323}
Abstract The pyramids and temples of the Egyptian Old Kingdom (early-mid-third millennium bc) are testament to an epoch of global significance in the evolution of monumental stone architecture. The basalt quarries of Widan el-Faras and gypsum quarries of Umm es-Sawan, located in the Northern Faiyum Desert of Egypt, were key production sites in the foreground of this transformation to large-scale stone quarrying. Yet, the significance and value of these archaeological sites in shaping elements… 

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