BIRD’S-EYE VIEW OF PYRAMIDS FROM THE SUMMIT OF GEBEL BARKAL
In 1919, James Henry Breasted would be one of the first scholars to appreciate the use of aerial photography as an aid to archaeology. In 1906, without benefit of an airplane or a hot-air balloon, the height of nearby Gebel Barkal was the perfect vantage point for photographing the pyramids of Napata. This image was taken through a telephoto lens. It has been suggested that the steeper angle of the Nubian pyramids, when compared with the better-known Egyptian pyramids on the Giza Plateau, is the result of the angle of the sun’s rays closer to the equator.
SUDAN: Gebel Barkal (Napata)
Photograph by Horst Schliephack
From original 8” x 10” glass plate negative
Oriental Institute photograph P. 3049
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