Bir Umm Fawakhir Project, January 1992

The short report entitled Bir umm Fawakhir Project, January 1992 originally appeared in The Oriental Institute News and Notes, No. 136, Winter 1992, and is now available on the Oriental Institute Website.  The author is Terry G. Wilfong.

The project consisted of a twelve day preliminary survey of a Byzantine settlement site in the Eastern Desert, sponsored by the Oriental Institute and directed by Carol Meyer.

Bir Umm Fawakhir was a remarkably extensive settlement on the site of a Graeco-Roman goldmine  located on a route mid way between Luxor and the Red Sea along the Wadi Hammamat.

The site was quite well known prior to the survey but had never been properly investigated.

There are some excellent diagrams on the site.

Since 1992 a lot more work has taken place to clarify the nature and extent of the site.  If you’re interested in the site I aggregated much of the data available in late 2006 at the following address:


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