Su Bayfield has posted a number of photographs of inscriptions and views of the Wadi Hammamat on Flickr.
The Wadi Hammamat is a fabulous canvas of inscriptions from the prehistoric period onwards. From the prehistoric period there are images of hunting and herding. Later images, thought from similar ties to Naqada pottery to be Predynastic, include elaborate boats and figures. Pharaonic inscriptions include commemorative texts by the overseers of quarrying work and by those traveling along the route from the Nile to the Red Sea. In modern times Bedouin still leave tribal marks. The engravings stand out so well because a dark patina overlies a much lighter rock. When the patina is pierced the lighter rock stands out clearly against the dark brown surface.
Su’s photos capture a bit of everything – as well as the rock carvings (including one of my favourites, showing Thoth in his baboon form) and demotic and Greek inscriptions, she has shown the abandoned sarcophagus which had been carved in situ. Anyone who has been bored to the point of madness by my Western Desert photos, all golds and oranges, will be struck by the steely grey of the high desert of the Red Sea Hills.
There are two modern survey works dealing with the Eastern Desert petroglyphs, both out of print, and a very recent publication by Tony Judd – Rock Art of the Eastern Desert of Egypt Content, Comparisons, Dating and Significance (British Archaeological Reports International Series – BARI S2008). The book is based on Tony’s PhD.
Su’s Egyptian Monuments site is a great resource it is always good to see her adding more photographs of Egypt, wherever she stores them.