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Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk

Unfinished Obelisk image

Unfinished obelisk lies in a quarry at Aswan

This unfinished obelisk in a granite quarry at Aswan provides insight into the extraordinary manual effort behind royal building projects. This obelisk, which is 137 feet/41.7 meters long and 14 feet/4.2 meters at its widest, was abandoned when it developed a crack. This geographical area was an ancient Egyptian source for pink and gray granite.

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