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Upon returning from several interesting trips into the Wadi el-Rayan area, it is intended to follow up on the main investigations listed on the main home page - see below - In addition, coupled with previous otiginal HD film material, the main intention  is to film and record our future desert visits where eventually a production of a multi media documentary will be produced. This will  cover  diverse subject areas, including the relationship of the desert community dwellers, in particular the Coptic community, with the topgraphy and environmental conditions.

In addition further research is proposed on the finding of additional water resources, including recording any flora and fauna desert communities

Investigations:
 
To observe and record wherever possible the following subject areas:
 
  • Little known ancient caravan routes in the eastern section, where it appears important sites were once connected – toward an understanding of the relation of ancient and modern trade routes
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  • New discoveries of fresh water supply originating from ancient sea levels 15 metres below the desert surface floor – essential for future communities in the desert and for the country in general
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  • Cultural interaction and comparison of a particular 4th century Coptic site, (once a thriving community in the Wadi El Rayan) with that of the movement of early Arab communities in the area.
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  • The effects on the environment of the recent popularity with desert “vehicular tourists” trekking across the terrain. To investigate the effects, if any, of “tourism erosion” in the more remote locations of the desert.
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  • To understand the desert communities and the relationship of the topography and environment – to promote an awareness of living and surviving in arid desert conditions
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  • To map and record via GPS areas of geographical and archaeological interest, including oases and evidence of water
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