Author: John C. Darnell (with contributions by Deborah Darnell, René Friedman, and Stan Hendrickx)
Press Information: Oriental Institute Publication 117. Chicago
Publication Date: 2002
Publication of 90 rock inscriptions from two sites in the desert filling the Qena Bend of
the Nile. The texts range in date from the Predynastic through the Coptic Periods, and
include the Scorpion tableau, recording the unification of Upper Egypt at the beginning of the Naqada III Period, and the "road Construction" inscription of the Coptite noarch
Tjauti. Also published are the Wadi el-Hôl literary graffito, and an inscription from the
reign of Amenemhat III in the form of a lapidary letter, quoting apparently from the story of Sinuhe. Other inscriptions relate to the worship of the goddess Hathor in the desert, and late inscriptions include Coptic cryptographic texts.