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A woman stands next to one of the colossal faces of Ramesses II during its relocation of the Abu Simbel temples.

I wonder what she is writing. Is she sketching something out of shot? Or is she jotting down notes about the progress of the day?

The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968 under the supervision of a Polish archaeologist, Kazimierz Michałowski, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the temples was necessary or they would have been submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the River Nile.

The huge Ramesside face gives a great sense of scale next to this woman.

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