The Staircase

This stair was partly uncovered as part of the Egyptian government's excavation here twenty years ago, but we found it mostly covered with recent debris. At the bottom right of the photo you can see the short-rise steps and sloping ramps of stairs found in pharaonic-style Egyptian temples. Even though many of the blocks were robbed out in the late antique period, we can determine that this stair had two sets of steps alternating with three ramps and was approximately eight meters (or twenty-six feet) wide.

It is located at the east edge of the monumental court where we are working (with the ancient Nile course at the west edge of the court).  We are still working to clear debris to the original extent of the 1990's excavations. After this is complete we are looking forward to continuing this excavation to the east (uphill in the photo) to see what remains of the structure to which the stair once led.

The staircase

The staircase