In a Facebook post Tuesday, the ministry said the main port used to transport stone along the Nile River from the quarries of Gebel el-Silsila was uncovered during an archaeological expedition excavating the ruins of Kom Ombo near Aswan.
The port on the Nile’s west bank extends over 100 meters (328 feet) and lies about 200 meters from a large quarry, according to Mustafa Waziri, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
River silt and greenery were cleared from the area, revealing inscriptions and mechanisms for tying the boats.
Gebel el-Silsila is an important source of sandstone in Egypt. Abdul Mouneim Saeed, director general of Aswan and Nubia Antiquities Council, said that it has been widely used from the 18th dynasty into the modern era.
Stone used to build temples such as Al Karnak, Habu, Kom Ombo and Dendera was mostly cut in the area’s quarries, Saeed said, according to the announcement.