In comparison to the other emerald sites in the area, the houses in
Sikait are complicated, multiple roomed structures. A number of buildings
at Sikait comprised more than one story, accessible by stone steps.
Many freestanding structures formed architectural units with rooms carved
from the surrounding rock. Smaller rooms had floors and ceilings of
large stone slabs. In the walled back- and courtyards of the houses
storage bins and ovens were built.
Some courtyards contained small gardens and plastered basins. The inhabitants
of Sikait seem to have grown vegetables or fruit on a small scale. It
was their only option to acquire fresh food, in a desert town, which
was a seven day's journey from the Nile.
through a 5th century AD window