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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 and Functional Assumptions

Archaeological and Functional Assumptions

(p.73) Chapter 3 Archaeological and Functional Assumptions
Villa of the Birds

Wojciech Kołątaj

Grzegorz Majcherek

Ewa Parandowska

American University in Cairo Press

The conservation of the mosaic floors was a very urgent issue. Their location in the lowest point of the excavation area made them especially sensitive to damage caused by repeated rainfall flooding. Two factors played a major role in the shelter design: its protecting role and the form of the surrounding remains of ancient architecture. The site of the uncovered mosaic floors determines the character of the shelter as part of the ancient architectural exhibition at Kom al-Dikka. The elements of ancient architecture on display are presented on two separate levels. Architectural research and precise recording permitted the theoretical reconstruction of the triclinium floor with its complicated design, which constitutes a combination of an opus tesselatum frame and opus sectile center field.

Keywords:   Kom al-Dikka, ancient architecture, triclinium floor, opus tesselatum frame, opus sectile center field, shelter design

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