The Maghara (Sinai) family revisited

Deborah Sweeney*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


This article examines an unusual Old Kingdom graffito from the turquoise mining site of Wadi Maghara in Southern Sinai, depicting a man, woman and child, probably a family. New readings of the wife's name are suggested, and unusual features of the relief, such as the wife being the tallest member of the group, are discussed. Family members are rarely represented in reliefs at mining sites, and it is uncertain whether the wife and child actually came to Wadi Maghara with the husband.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-54
Number of pages9
JournalTel Aviv
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Mining expeditions
  • Old Kingdom art
  • Rock inscriptions
  • Southern Sinai
  • Wadi Maghara


Dive into the research topics of 'The Maghara (Sinai) family revisited'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this