Tell Al-Qubeba: An Unknown Monastic Site?

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:
Tell Al-Qubeba: An Unknown Monastic Site?

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The attention of archaeologists in the 1960s was attracted by Tell al-Qubeba mainly because of the many fragments of pottery scattered in this area (Sauneron and Martin 1982: 76–82). Along the northern and northeastern sides of the tell was the farm of the Abdel Bari al-Haniti family. Tell al-Qubeba covered five feddans (21,000 square meters), situated seven kilometers northwest of Esna, but concentrated on only one feddan. The original function of the circular structures could not be established with certainty at the time of the excavation. The proximity of the water pools suggests that they could have been used as stables for small animals. Tell al-Qubeba is an example of the many archaeological sites of secondary importance, often neglected or destroyed, that may nevertheless be useful for understanding Coptic architecture, life, and history.

Keywords: archaeologists; Tell al-Qubeba; feddan; Esna; archaeological sites; Coptic architecture

Chapter.  1485 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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