Dakhleh Oasis Project: preliminary reports on the 1994-1995 to 1998-1999 field seasons

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Oxbow Books, 2002 - History - 349 pages
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This volume is the second produced by the Dakleh Oasis Project devoted to reporting the preliminary results of its field work. The volume is divided into two parts: the first part includes reports on the study of various prehistoric and historic sites; the second part is devoted to the work on the settlement of Ismant el-Kharab, ancient Kellis, and two of its cemeteries. The latter papers include a description of the excavations, a discussion of the architectural evolution of the Main Temple Complex and the significance of the Large East Church, an attempt to reconstruct the Temple of Tutu using 3D computer modelling, and a study of the main wall paintings found in the Main Temple Complex. Several papers also present the results of research carried out on specific categories of artefacts and materials, such as the textiles, basketry and leather goods, ceramics, metals and metallurgy, oils, terracotta figurines, and the flora and fauna of ancient Kellis. Contents: Part 1. The 1994-1995 to 1998-1999 Field Seasons: Acknowledgements, Staff and Summaries (Anthony J Mills); Holocene Prehistory: Interim Report on the 1997 and 1998 Seasons - the Masara Sites (Mary M A McDonald); Holocene Prehistory: Interim Report on the 1999 Season (Mary M A McDonald); Deir el-Hagar, 'Ain Birbiyeh, 'Ain el-Gazzareen and El-Muzawwaqa (Anthony J Mills); Magnetic Testing using Overhauser Gradiometer GSM-19WG and Cesium Magnetometer MM-60 (Tatyana N Smekalova); Neolithic Burials at Sheikh Muftah: A Preliminary Report (Jennifer L Thompson). Part 2: Reports on the Excavations at Ismant el-Kharab. An Inscribed Pedestal from the Temple of Tutu (Roger S Bagnall, Klaas A Worp and John Tait); The Study of Pigments from Shrine I at Ismant el-Kharab (Michelle Berry); Conservation of Archaeological Wall Paintings in the Temple of Tutu (Laurence Blondaux); The Fourth-Century Churches at Ismant el-Kharab (Gillian E Bowen and Appendix by Carla Marchini); Textiles, Basketry and Leather Goods from Ismant el-Kharab (Gillian E Bowen); Faunal Remains from Kellis (Charles S Churcher); Report on the Characterization of Three Fabric Samples from Ismant el-Kharab (Christine E Coombs, Andrea L Woodhead and Jeffrey S Church); Remarks on the Construction Stages of the Main Temple and Shrines I-II (Jaroslaw Dobrowolski); Ceramics from Ismant el-Kharab (Amanda Dunsmore); Metalworking at Kellis: A Preliminary Report (Mark A J Eccleston); The Coptic Texts from Ismant el-Kharab: Report on Work in Progress 1995-1997 (Iain Gardner); Typological Considerations on the Large East Church at Ismant el-Kharab (Peter Grossmann); Excavations in Area C at Ismant el-Kharab in 1996-1997 (Kevin Hickson); Excavations in the Settlement of Ismant el-Kharab in 1995-1999 (Colin A Hope and Appendix by Gillian E Bowen); A Group of Priestly Dipinti in Shrine IV at Ismant el-Kharab (Olaf E Kaper); Pharaonic-Style Decoration of the Mammisi at Ismant el-Kharab: New Insights after the 1996-1997 Field Season (Olaf E Kaper); Reconstructing the Temple of Tutu using Three-Dimensional Computer Modelling (Caroline C McGregor); Bio-archaeological Research of Kellis 2: An Overview (J Eldon Molto); Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Analysis of Skeletal Remains from the Kellis 2 Cemetery (Ryan L Parr); Identifying the Oil used in the Rituals in the Temple of Tutu (Andrew Ross); Les parures de cartonnage des momies d'une necropole d'Ismant el-Kharab (Annie Schweitzer); Terracottas from Ismant el-Kharab (Anna Stevens); A Note on Demotic Inscriptions from the Temple of Tutu (John Tait); Roman Agriculture and Gardening in Egypt as seen from Kellis (Ursula Thanheiser with contributions by Johannes Walter and Colin A Hope); Wall Paintings in Shrine IV of the Temple of Tutu (Helen Whitehouse); Dedication Inscriptions from the Main Temple (Klaas A Worp and Colin A Hope); Short Texts from the Main Temple (Klaas A Worp).

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Contents

Editors Preface
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Interim Report on the 1997 and 1998 Seasons the Masara Sites
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Interim Report on the 1999 Season Mary M A McDonald
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Gillian is a Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient History at Monash University, Australia.