Coptic Texts from Western Thebes

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163111
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970481 | DOI:
Coptic Texts from Western Thebes

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The indigenous population quickly noticed travelers' interest in the ancient monuments, and the search of the ruins was on for antiquities that might be sold directly or through dealers in anticas to the tourists. When the Egypt Exploration Fund (EEF) relinquished the concession for Da'yr al-Bahari, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA), New York, acquired it and excavations continued under the direction of Herbert E. Winlock. More than a thousand inscribed pieces were found, but they were not nearly so well preserved as those that Naville salvaged. This suggested to Winlock that they, too, had been found but discarded by Naville, on account of their poor condition. The succeeding decades witnessed the excavation of a series of Christian settlements and monasteries at Western Thebes (Krause 1982; Wilfong 1989). The excavations of the University of Pennsylvania also yielded Coptic ostraca that remain unpublished (Wilfong 1989: 126).

Keywords: Egypt Exploration Fund; Da'yr al-Bahari; antiquities; Herbert E. Winlock; Christian settlements; Western Thebes; Coptic ostraca

Chapter.  6378 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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