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