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Shellal (Arabic: شلاّل) was very important ancient Egyptian granite quarry, situated on the east bank of the Nile just below the first cataract. Agilkia Island, with its temples relocated from Philae, lies nearby on the Nile. The area was governed under Ta-Seti, the first nome of Upper Egypt.

A canal was excavated in the vicinity of Shellal under Nemtyemsaf I during the Old Kingdom period in order to facilitate the navigation of the first cataract.[1] This canal was restored under Senusret III in the Middle Kingdom period. Nowadays it is possible to see some unfinished granite works on the site (that is soon to become an open-air museum); some of the objects on display include incomplete statues of Osiris and Ramesses II and unfinished Roman baths.

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  1. Grimal 1992, p. 168.


  • Grimal, N., 1992: A History of Ancient Egypt. Translated by Ian Shaw. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.