The opening of the Suez canal encouraged transisthmian voyaging in fish as well as ships!
For the first time in centuries, and probably for the last time for centuries, the traditional site of Christ’s tomb under the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem was explored during the recent restoration of the facility. Results are, of course, inconclusive, but very interesting. Click Through Here
A major source of information on the Nabataeans: www.nabataea.net
A terrific article in ‘Aramco World’ on ancient canals in Egypt.
A wonderful reference for The (Suez) Canal of the Pharaohs.
You can still see it from space to this day!:
The Wadi Tumilat and the “Canal of the Pharaohs”
Carol A. Redmount
Journal of Near Eastern Studies
Vol. 54, No. 2 (Apr., 1995), pp. 127-135