The Amethyst Mining Settlements of Wadi el-Hudi, Egypt

Lecture | March 20 | 12-1 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Brooke Norton, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley, Department of Near Eastern Studies

 Near Eastern Studies

Most notable for the numerous ancient amethyst mines, associated settlements, and rock inscriptions dating to the Middle Kingdom and Greco-Roman period, Wadi el-Hudi contains dozens of archaeological sites dating from the Paleolithic to the Islamic Period in the Eastern Desert south of Aswan. Recent work by the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition mapping, 3D modeling, and surveying has provided us with abundant information for how a royal mining expedition worked in the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000 to 1700 BCE). Since 2012 we have examined 40 sites and just completed our 5th field season in February and March. In this paper I will discuss the archaeological sites present at Wadi el-Hudi and our most recent work from this past field season.