Archaeological Research Work

Wojciech Kołątaj, Grzegorz Majcherek and Ewa Parandowska

in Villa of the Birds

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9789774160769
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190034 | DOI:
Archaeological Research Work

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Several centuries of accumulated deposits turned a certain area into a mound, which was raised and modified in the Napoleonic era when a fort was erected on the hill. The site has piqued the interest of archaeologists for a long time, but the first, very limited, excavations at the end of the nineteenth century brought meager results. The site has been investigated uninterruptedly since 1960 by the Polish Centre of Archaeology in Cairo in close cooperation with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The set of mosaic floors excavated includes several examples of different classes and sizes. For a number of reasons—such as their belonging to a single structure, their relatively good condition, and the elements of the surrounding topography—only the four mosaics decorating building alpha (the Villa of the Birds) were chosen as the focus of the conservation project.

Keywords: Polish Centre of Archaeology; archaeology; Cairo; Villa of the Birds; alpha; mosaics

Chapter.  7779 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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