Archaeological Sites in the Libyan Desert



  • Wadi Ard al Akhdar
    An extensive valley system in the southern part of the Gilf Kebir. One branch was blocked by a sand dune in neolithic times, and the shores of the resulting lake contain innumerable prehistoric living sites.
  • Wadi Bakht
    A long wadi along the south-eastern side of the Gilf Kebir. A large dune blocked the wadi near it's middle, forming an extensive lake behind the sand dam. Unlike Ard al Akhdar, the dune is still present, and the lakebed is uneroded, as if it were drained just a few weeks ago. The shores and lakebed are littered with the traces of the prehistoric inhabitants.
  • Bagnold's Stone Circle
    A large stone circle to the north of the Gilf discovered by Bagnold in 1930. The structure has few if any parallels in the region, is reminescent of the megalithic stone rings of Europe
  • "Hill With Stone Circles on Top"
    A prehistoric lakebed eroded into fantastic pink yardangs or mud lions, surrounded by golden dunes. One of the most surreal and beautiful spots in the Libyan Desert, also a favored spot for prehistoric inhabitants.
  • The Wadi Sora celt
    A curious polished stone axe discovered in Wadi Sora, having no analogy in the Gilf area, but similar finds have been made in the Sudan, in the Wadi Howar, some 700 kms to the south
  • Abu Ballas (Pottery Hill)
    A depot of pottery jars at an isolated hill some 250 kilometres to the southwest of Dakhla. Recent research indicates it may have been in use as early as 1500 bc.
  • A Pharaonic trail ... ?
    The evidence clearly supports that deep desert trails were in use during pharaonic times. But did the Egyptians themselves travel them ?
  • The inscription of Mentuhotep II at Jebel Uweinat
    The fantactic 2008 discovery by Mark Borda and Mahmoud Marei gives an unequivocal answer to the above question: Yes they did!