Today, the Ministry of Antiquities chairman board meeting approved to develop the Mons Claudianus archaeological site into an open air museum to exhibit the quarrying process used in Egypt during the Roman era.
Mons Claudianus is an area for granite quarries and houses a garrison, a quarrying site, a complete workers settlement with a horse stable and a granite water container.
Fragments of granite items have also been found, along with broken columns and a number of engraved ostraca (broken pottery).
Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that during the Roman era, the area was called Granodiorite and it was used as a mine to collect construction materials.
Mons Claudianos pillar