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Excavation and Discovery

Jill Kamil

in Labib Habachi

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160615
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970184 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774160615.003.0006
Excavation and Discovery

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Habachi recounted their experience during the excavation and discovery of antiquities. He was very excited because he was armed with all he needed: a site, the money, and the diggers. He was anticipating the idea of finding wonderful things as they dug. The Fayoumis had traveled to Aswan on the night train. Few of the men had ever been so far south and Habachi started the journey with them in the third-class compartment. The fact that Habachi did indeed expect to find wonderful monuments was lost on the men. However, not all the monuments that they expected to find were found. But still, Habachi and his men were hopeful. Later on, his men unearthed the pavement of a chapel containing a portable shrine. Excavation continued, and each day, the diggers were finding several new objects.

Keywords: Fayoumis; Aswan; Habachi; shrine; monuments; chapel; antiquities

Chapter.  9096 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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