Harrell, J.A. 2006. Archaeological geology of Wadi Sikait. – PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 4, 1: 1-12

Abstract Emerald, a green transparent variety of beryl, was one of the most highly prized gemstones in antiquity. The earliest known emerald mine is located in the valley of Wadi Sikait in Egypt’s southern Eastern Desert, where mining probably began toward the end of the Ptolemaic period in the 1st century BC. Most of the mining […]