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No similar paved roads have been found near other quarries, Dr.Egyptologists have suggested that the black rock was popular for funerary uses because it symbolized the dark, life-giving Nile mud.Water Link to Nile The road ran from the quarry to the northwest shore of ancient Lake Moeris, now vanished, which would have provided a water link to the Nile each summer in flood time.The pavement, they concluded, facilitated the movement of human-drawn sleds loaded with basalt stone from a nearby quarry to a quay for shipment by barge across the lake and on the Nile to construction sites. Thomas Bown, a research geologist at the United States Geological Survey in Denver, mapped the road in 1993 and reported their findings at a meeting of the Geological Society of America."Here is another technological triumph you can attribute to ancient Egypt," Dr. Harrell, a professor of geology at the University of Toledo, Ohio, told the New York Times. They said that pottery fragments at a quarry and a camp for the ancient stone workers, both discovered near the road, helped date the site to the period of the Old Kingdom, about 2600 to 2200 B.

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