1. Qift Regional Survey Project
PROJECT PLANNING - THE QIFT REGIONAL SURVEY PROJECT
To identify areas of archaeological interest within the region of Qift, and to record the ancient built and natural landscape.
Task 1a Initial Survey April 2000 (Egypt). Completed
Task 1b Survey Season Nov 2001- Jan 2002 (Egypt) - including core drilling and stratified sampling. Professional survey team. Completed
Task 1c Survey Season Nov 2002- Jan 2003 (Egypt) – continuation of the core drilling, remote sensing and stratified sampling.
Task 1d Preparation of Geo-archaeological Maps. Need technical draftsperson.
PROJECT 1 - The QIFT REGIONAL SURVEY PROJECT
Project Aims and Objectives
The Qift Regional Survey Project entails the integration of information derived from the excavation of selected areas in the vicinity of Qift (ancient Koptos) with that produced from a coordinated interdisciplinary survey of the region approximately 30 km around the centre of Qift itself. This area contains numerous sites with reported histories of occupation from prehistoric time to the present. The project involves a survey of the ancient sites in order to assess the character of the visible and sub-surface remains and to examine the occupational history of the sites.
The Qift region is defined as the land within the Nile valley and the surrounding hills, from Khizan (approximately 10 km north of Luxor) in the south to Deir el Ballas in the north; and is generally identical to the 5th Upper Egyptian (or Koptite) nome of the Greco-Roman period. The region includes the towns of Qift, Qus, Naqada and Tukh. All archaeological heritage sites within the region will be considered for their historical significance including those from Prehistoric, Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic periods.
Observations are to be made on the: natural landscape, human landscape, geology, potential mineral resources, water supplies, settlement patterns, agricultural patterns, flora, fauna, and contemporary usage. The survey should assist in our understanding of the past and present environment for the region, and hence should assist in the development of site conservation plans.
The expedition does not intend to interfere or indeed duplicate the excellent work being undertaken by other groups of archaeologists in the region, who for example have been recording the details of the Qift temple complex, rather the expedition sees such efforts as complementing or contributing to the regional view.
Previous Seasons (2000-2002)
An initial survey of the region was undertaken during April 2000.
The second survey season included conducting:
a. an core sampling programme using hand auger
(11 cores completed), and
b. a detailed topographical survey of the area, with priority given to existing archaeological sites.