Safely Storing Finds at el-Sheikh Fadl Project

This project aims to build an on-site facility for the safe storage, documentation and conservation of finds from el-Sheikh Fadl in Middle Egypt. This site comprises a vast series of cemeteries of the Late and Graeco-Roman periods which have been subject to systematic looting Project Director: Christiana Köhler

This project aims to build an on-site facility for the safe storage, documentation and conservation of finds from el-Sheikh Fadl in Middle Egypt. This site comprises a vast series of cemeteries of the Late and Graeco-Roman periods which have been subject to systematic looting. The mission from the University of Vienna has recently started to conduct surveys, salvage excavations and surface collections in order to document this important site, but now requires space to safely store its finds. The significance of the vast cemeteries at el-Sheikh Fadl, 65 km north of el-Minya, has been recognized since the early 20th century, when a number of brief archaeological investigations were conducted by W.M.F. Petrie, J. Capart, and later by Egyptian missions under A. Hassan, S. Anis and I. Zakariya. Over the past decades, and especially following the Egyptian uprisings since 2011, the site has been systematically looted. This has resulted in the rapid decay of tomb structures, archaeological contexts and the remaining fragmentary artefacts, human remains and animal bones which are now scattered all over the site’s surface, exposed to sun, wind and rain.

Project Details


Location: Al Minya, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): University of Vienna Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $74,500 Commencement Date: 10/2015 Project Status: Completed
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