Results from the 2016 Excavation of a Qarah el-Hamra, a Graeco-Roman Village in Fayum, Egypt

Author(s): Bethany Simpson; Emily Cole

Year: 2017


This paper presents the results of the 2016 field season at the Graeco-Roman Village of Qarah el-Hamra. Located along the north shore of Lake Qaroun, the site was discovered in 2003 by the UCLA Fayum Project, and a magnetic survey in 2004 revealed the presence of an extensive settlement. Excavation that same year confirmed the existence of Greco-Roman remains, however the site remained otherwise unexplored until the start of this new field project in 2016.

The new Qarah el-Hamra Excavation Project, directed by myself and Dr. Emily Cole, expands upon the earlier excavation and explores the relationship of the small site to its surrounding environment. Qarah el-Hamra is positioned between two much larger ancient town sites, Soknopaiou Nesos and Karanis. These towns have been heavily excavated and studied as independent sites, yet little is known about their connection to other settlements within the spatial and social network of the northern Fayum, and the role of small sites like Qarah el-Hamra are even less well understood. Our work at Qarah el-Hamra addresses the site’s significance, its chronological development under Greek and Roman administrations, and socio-economic strategies used by the inhabitants at both local and regional levels.

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Results from the 2016 Excavation of a Qarah el-Hamra, a Graeco-Roman Village in Fayum, Egypt. Bethany Simpson, Emily Cole. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430006)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17418