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Forgotten excavations in Sinai: Al-Qantarah Necropolis (season 1981)

Journal of Historical Archaeology & Anthropological Sciences
Hesham Mohamed Hussein,1 Mohamed Abd el Samie2

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The current report related to the archeological work at Al-Qantarah Sharq necropolis in 1981 (17 May – 2 June), this funerary complex is located about 650 m to the east of Suez Canal, in a pure sand dune area. Due to the expansion of residential buildings of the city, SCA team started the archaeological investigations for a better understanding of the limits of the Greco-Roman necropolis. Since 1910, the archeological investigation started at different parts of the village. Season 1981 revealed different types of burials; these included double-vessel coffins, simple limestone grave, mud-brick lined grave, limestone anthropoid sarcophagi and a limestone tomb with vaulted ceiling and mud-brick shaft. The burials were very poor in conditions and funerary artifacts.


Al-Qantara, Sila/Sile, Tell Abu Sayfi, ptolemaic and Roman period, North Sinai, mausoleum, Necropolis, Suez canal