The Unfinished Obelisk

The Unfinished Obelisk lies in its original location in a granite quarry in Aswan. It is about 42 meters in length and was most probably abandoned when some cracks appeared in the rock during its construction. Had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the largest obelisk ever cut in Ancient Egypt, weighing nearly 1100 tons. It is believed that it was constructed and abandoned during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. This obelisk is important because it shows the techniques adopted by the Ancient Egyptians in cutting out their obelisks.