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
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
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.
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.
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
and record via GPS areas of geographical and archaeological interest, including oases and evidence of water