Stone by Stone: saving the temples of Abu Simbel

Educators Publishing Service, Cambridge & Toronto, 2008Stone by Stone: saving the temples of Abu Simbel

Two ancient Egyptian temples sit high on a hill above the Nile River. The tall stone statues that guard their entrances have stood there for centuries. Or have they? These temples have a mysterious past. The powerful king who built them wanted the temples to be admired forever. But twice, in the past, the temples were almost lost. Then, in the late 1960s, the temples were moved more than two hundred feet up a cliff. But how? And why?