Final Reports: Aswan West Bank Ancient Quarry Landscape, UCL Work Package (WP4)
Two reports which present findings and outcomes from Work-Package 4 devoted to the Aswan West Bank ancient quarry landscape will be available soon on this website.
Report 1 (deliverable 4) titled ‘Characterisation of complex quarry landscapes: an example from the West Bank quarries, Aswan' presents the first comprehensive documentation of the diverse material culture that constitutes the West Bank ancient quarry landscape. Its scope covers all aspects of the archaeology, geology and environment of this extensive cultural landscape and represents a ground-breaking methodological approach both in field surveying techniques and the application of GIS in the characterisation of one of the world's most complex ancient quarry landscapes.
Report 2 (deliverable 5) titled ‘The assessment of significance of ancient quarry landscapes – problems and possible solutions. The case of the Aswan West Bank' is a theoretical approach to articulating the significance, also at a global level, of often mundane and almost invisible archaeological remains that constitute this ancient quarry landscape. Using cross-cultural approaches in landscape archaeologies, social archaeology and anthropology, it models significance through frameworks that allow for the diversity and multi-layered material culture of this dynamic landscape to become more visible in terms of the social construction of the landscape over time. In essence, the global significance of the Aswan West Bank rests on its representation as probably one of the world's only remaining quarry landscapes that is testament to human endeavours to extract a single stone resource over 150,000 years.
Text by Elizabeth Bloxam
December 2009 New book: a special volume with papers from the QuarryScapes project soon printed.
November 2008 Final workshop: the third QuarryScapes workshop was held in Aswan 12. - 15. October