REPORT ON THE 2004 FIELDWORK SEASON OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY AT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF EL-HIBEH, BENI-SUEF GOVERNORATE

By Carol A. Redmount, Project Director 

 

The archaeological site of El-Hibeh lies on the east bank of the Nile River in northern Middle Egypt (Beni Suef Governorate), approximately 165 kilometers south of Cairo and 55 kilometers south of Beni Suef (Figure 1).

 

El-Hibeh is located at a point where there is a break in a line of desert cliffs almost adjacent to the river and where there is a good view of the river to the south. The site itself consists of an ancient Egyptian provincial town comprised of a walled settlement with a limestone temple built by Sheshonq I of Dynasty 21, and surrounding desert cemeteries. Historical and archaeological evidence both indicate that the site was founded very early in the Third Intermediate Period, and our fieldwork increasingly suggests that the greatest extent of occupation at the site also occurred in the Third Intermediate Period.

The 2004 field season of the University of California, Berkeley at El-Hibeh took place between July 20 and August 11, 2004.(1) During this field season, we continued our site characterization activities, focusing our work around four major activities: continued GPS mapping and surface survey and monitoring of the tell mound and surrounding area; salvage excavation of two areas with endangered burials; ceramic study; and geoarchaeological investigations.


Notes:

[1]  Members of the expedition were: Dr. Carol A. Redmount, Director; Dr. Maurice E. Morgenstein, Associate Director and Science Director; Dr. Robert Yohe, Palaeo-osteologist; Mr. Jon Frey, GPS mapping specialist and archaeologist; Mrs. Joan Knudsen, Object Registrar; Ms. Jill Gardner, Palaeo-osteologist; Ms. Deanna Heikkinen, Palaeo-osteologist; Ms. Celeste Henrickson, geoarchaeologist; Ms. Christin Engstrom, archaeologist and ceramic specialist; Ms. Virginia Emery, archaeologist and mudbrick specialist; and Mr. Emad Ahmed Nooh, Inspector of Beni Suef Taftish. As always we are grateful to Dr. Zahi Hawass and the Supreme Council for Antiquities for permission to work at the site, and to the Beni Suef Taftish, especially Mme Nadia Ashour, Director of the Taftish, and Mr. Atef Helmy, Senior Inspector, for all their help and assistance.

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