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Nilometer On Elephantine Island, Egypt
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Nilometer on Elephantine Island, Egypt. Two graduated measuring markers are seen, one below the feet of the woman at centre left, and one in the niche at centre right. This Nilometer consists of a series of such markers, set in stairs leading down to the water's edge. Here, some of the steps are submerged. Several such measuring stations were built in Egypt over the centuries to measure the rise and fall of the Nile. These measurements were vital for planning the farming that depended on the annual flood. This photograph was obtained in around the period from 1900 to 1920 by the American Colony Photo Department of Jerusalem.
March 6th, 2014
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