After leaving Aswan a kilometer behind on the road south to the High Dam, a turnoff on the left leads to the quarries, northern granite quarries, one of the sites in the district where the red granite was cut from the first dynasty, onwards and transported throughout Egypt, the most impressive object here is an unfinished obelisk 41.75m long. This obelisk would have been a single piece of rock that stood taller than a ten-story building, the unfinished obelisk which if completed would have weighed 1168 English tons, although not inscribed, it is probably dates back to 18th or 19th dynasty.

During the cutting a flow was discovered d in the stone and length was reduced to 32.1m and its weight to 507 tons, the obelisk was cleared by Rex Engelbach inspector of antiquities in 1922, the black paint outlining the work to be done was still clearly visible when he started work at the obelisk, he also found small round holes on the top surface of the obelisk filled with grains of black gunpowder, probably the remains of an attempt to spilt the granite by the Ottomans, when found it was covered with burnt bricks and reeds and Engel Bach considered that these were fired on the stone so that the burnt surface of the granite could then easily be bounded.

Many dolerite pounders that the workers had used were also found, weighing 4 to 6.8kg . in an experiment Engelbach removed 5 m of frock from a strip 0.5 wide in one hour, the method used to detach the obelisk was to undercut from both sides with large wedge-shaped cuts or wet wooden wedges, flat surface was obtained by using boning rods, Engelbach proposed that after it was undercut it was packed with wooden blocks and ropes were passed around it, the pull required to move it would be half the weight of the obelisk,585 tons, the obelisk could be turned with levers 6.4long, it is not known how long it would have taken to cut and shift the obelisk, but there is evidence that Hatshepsut had to obelisks cut moved and erected at Karnak in seven and half months.

Near the obelisk are the usual vendors with wares for sale. often you will find a usual product here, .large (sometimes six-inch )chunks of colored transparent material look like topaz are a form of natural glass found near in the near-desert.