DESERT ROADS AND TRANSPORT VESSELS FROM LATE ROMAN-COPTIC TIMES IN THE EASTERN SAHARA

In: Journal of African Archaeology
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  • 1 Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften Archäologie & Archäobotanik Afrikas Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
  • 2 Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg Department of Arts
  • 3 Universität zu Köln - ACACIA Forschungsstelle Afrika
  • 4 Department of Archaeological Sciences University of Bradford

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A detailed archaeological study of the ancient long distance caravan routes across the Eastern Sahara has not yet been established. This paper describes the results of initial investigations on the identification of caravan traces by remote sensing reconnaissance, and archaeological field surveys west of the Nile. During this work, pottery of an obviously common but at present unknown type of a Late Roman or Coptic transport vessel was found along the ancient roads between the Nile Valley and the Egyptian oases. Moreover, one of the vessels contained an organic substance. Chemical analysis of the content indicates degraded and polymerised fat or oil.

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