For Tallet, meanwhile, finding this relatively unknown site had taken some painstaking detective work. The archaeologist knew that a pair of French pilots stationed in Egypt during the 1950s had visited the area, so he set about finding them. Happily, he managed to locate one of the two airmen, who was still alive, and went through the man’s notes. And these notes, combined with evidence from Wilkinson’s visit and modern-day GPS, subsequently led Tallet to the site.
When Tallet finally saw the chambers cut into the rock at Wadi al-Jarf, he was able to correctly identify them. He realized that, just like the facilities at Ayn Soukhna, these were places that had been used by the ancient Egyptians to store their boats.