Habachi and Werner Kaiser shared an interest of the cataract region. Strategically, Elephantine was crucial as it commanded the Nile cataracts and the channels that enabled communication by water between Egypt and its neighborhood. It was the starting point of the great caravan routes, which passed some of the earliest commercial and military expeditions made by Egyptians. Egypt's political boundary with Nubia did not remain static, especially when new territory was incorporated into the Egyptian state. Meanwhile, Habachi lost no time in making his way to the Antiquities Department to retrieve his manuscript. With the stabilization of the Nile, permanent settlements could now be built on the floodplain and agricultural land was lost to urban expansion. The government launched a “green revolution” to make up for this loss.
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