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Expeditions sent to the mines and quarries accessed by the ancient Egyptians - at sites along the Nile down into Nubia, throughout the Eastern Desert, and up into the Sinai - became events of monumentalization in themselves, beyond the materials being removed to construct the temples that rose up in the landscape. A worker on an expedition could well expect to face injury or death while away. Quarries and mines thus became stages for art, veneration and even miracles. Although I am at the beginning stages of my research, I am planning on focusing on the rock-cut chapels and shrines that developed at these special use sites. How did they interact with the quarry-/minescapes within which they were constructed? Why were they constructed, and for/by whom? And did they become inactive when the resources of the area were fully exploited and no longer available?
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