Medinet Madi – Missione 2001


The Pisa University/Messina University expedition directed by Edda Bresciani and Rosario Pintaudi continued investigating the buildings on the hill south of the Temple C which are buried under an enormous mass of sand and rubble.The houses exposed were situated in a panoramic position above the dromos of the site¹s main Temple. One imposing building containing many stone blocks, including the staircase to the upper floor, had the ceiling of the ground floor supported by large beams and the walls of the rooms plastered and painted in colours imitating marble, as well as panels of different stones; the collapsed walls of the upper floor were decorated with floral motifs.

2001bThe main hall had 2 stone pillars and a special place adapted to receive a large stone ara (altar?) A vaulted cellar, accessible through a trap-door, contained many well preserved wooden objects of daily use, including a miniature doll¹s chair.

The excavations also provided many Greek papyri, some Greek ostraka, glass, ceramics, and lamps dating from 1st-2nd century AD. Consolidation and restoration of the mud-brick structures in Temple C and in the new discovered buildings took place, and the sand was cleared from the staircases of the Temple A. A new program of geophisical exploration of the site was also launched by the Trieste Univ Institute for Applicated Geology, led by Michele Pipan amd accompagnied by Marco De Vecchi.
Membri della Missione: E.Bresciani, Direttore; Rosario Pintaudi, Papirologo; Flora Silvano, Egittologo; Antonio Giammarusti, Architetto;Giovanna Bartoli, disegnatrice; Helal di Moh.Mostafa di Sayed, Ispettore delle Antichità del Fayum.


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