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Villa of the BirdsThe Excavation and Preservation of the Kom al-Dikka Mosaics$
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Wojcech Kolataj and Grzegorz Majcherek

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160769

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160769.001.0001

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Archaeological Research Work

Archaeological Research Work

(p.5) Chapter 1 Archaeological Research Work
Villa of the Birds

Wojciech Kołątaj

Grzegorz Majcherek

Ewa Parandowska

American University in Cairo Press

Several centuries of accumulated deposits turned a certain area into a mound, which was raised and modified in the Napoleonic era when a fort was erected on the hill. The site has piqued the interest of archaeologists for a long time, but the first, very limited, excavations at the end of the nineteenth century brought meager results. The site has been investigated uninterruptedly since 1960 by the Polish Centre of Archaeology in Cairo in close cooperation with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The set of mosaic floors excavated includes several examples of different classes and sizes. For a number of reasons—such as their belonging to a single structure, their relatively good condition, and the elements of the surrounding topography—only the four mosaics decorating building alpha (the Villa of the Birds) were chosen as the focus of the conservation project.

Keywords:   Polish Centre of Archaeology, archaeology, Cairo, Villa of the Birds, alpha, mosaics

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