A few days ago the Luxor Times reported the discovery of 40 papyrus documents and 30 caves “sealed by King Khufu’s cartouche” were discovered “at Wadi El Jerf, located on the red sea coast to the South of the city of Suez, about 190 kilo meters.”
Given it’s associated with Khufu (4th dynasty – ca. 4500 years ago), I’m hoping some of the papyri deal with building projects (e.g., the Great Pyramid). We’ll see.
It could well be so, according to that: http://news.discovery.com/history/ancient-egypt/worlds-oldest-port-and-egyptian-papyrus-uncovered-130412.htm
Very interesting. I await to see the published translations of the papyri.
I doubt any of the papyri deal with building projects, but some may deal with turquoise and copper. Also, the site has been known about since 1823/1954/2008. http://www.academia.edu/1819574/Wadi_al-Jarf_-_An_early_pharaonic_harbour_on_the_Red_Sea_coast_-_Egyptian_Archaeology_40_2012_p._40-43
Do you know if the papyri were known earlier? The report made it sound like they’d just been deposited for study.
I’m not sure about the papyri; I am sure about the site. My “turquoise and copper” guess was just a guess.
I’m not sure about the papyri, but I am sure about the site. My guess about the papyri was just a guess.