The Project
Slide Show
So far, over 60 archaeological previously unrecorded sites have been discovered during our surveys, and another 120 known, but never described monuments, have been documented.

The largest mining expedition into the Eastern Desert was the one sent by Pharao Sesostris I. According to an inscription the expedition of 1932 BC counted a staggering number of 17.000 soldiers, miners and scribes.

More than 2000 kilometers (about 1200 miles) of Roman roads (all unpaved) have been documented during our surveys in the Eastern Desert. There remains much more to be recorded.
Our excavations at Berenike and Sikait have described thus far over 70.000 archaeological objects, and produced 14.000 photographs, 1200 drawings and top plans, and 3600 pages of scientific publications. In addition, the surveys resulted in another 150 top plans and 3000 photographs.
Facts & Figures
The Egyptian Eastern Desert covers an area equal to the State of New York. Our surveys and excavations cover the southern part of this desert, an area as big as South Carolina.

During the pharaonic period, over 30 types of stone, gemstone and metal were extracted from the Eastern Desert. Before 1000 BC, more than 70 goldmines produced the major part of the wealth of Pharaonic Egypt.

Sikait: Eastern Desert facts & figures
the town
the mines
recent finds