That discovery was at Ayn Soukhna, and Tallet dated his find to the same period that saw the construction of Pharaoh Khufu’s Great Pyramid. The scholar’s convincing theory was that he’d come across a sophisticated harbor complex. What’s more, he reckoned that this facility had been directly involved in the transportation of materials to the site of the Great Pyramid itself.
Ayn Soukhna – which these days is a popular tourist resort – is on the west bank of the Red Sea, about 70 miles east of Giza. Despite its location, though, the site was not even accepted as one of archaeological significance until the discovery of some ancient hieroglyphs found carved into a cliff in 1997.