The island Elephantine with its homonymous ancient settlement is located at the northern end of the first cataract of the river Nile opposite the modern city of Aswan. Since about 3300 BC it was continuously used for settlement as well as for the erection of sacral buildings and graves.


The excavation project Elephantine is one of the largest and longest research projects of the DAI Cairo in Egypt. Located at the northern end of the First Nile Cataract, Elephantine controlled all traffic of people and trade goods to and from ancient Egypt. As the mythical place of the wells of the Nile, the island city gained an important status for the worshipping of gods since early pharaonic history.


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