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Cities of the Delta, Part II
Mendes: Preliminary Report on the 1979 and 1980 Seasons

By Karen L. Wilson

Cities of the Delta, Part II
Paperback, 43 pages £15.00
Published: 1982
ISBN: 9780890030820
Format: 279mm x 215mm
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Subjects: American Research Center in Egypt, Egyptology
Series: American Research Center in Egypt Reports

The 7th and 8th seasons of excavations at the site of ancient Mendes (modern Tell el-Ruba) in the eastern central Delta took place during the summers of 1979 and 1980. Excavation revealed that the ridge chosen for excavation was probably built up by purposeful dumping of debris--of mixed Third Intermediate Period and Dynasty XXVI date--during the second half of the 6th century B.C. The preliminary report of these excavations contains chapters on stratigraphy and architecture, pottery, Greek pottery, the various small finds, and a Third Intermediate Period relief fragment.

Illustrated with 35 black and white plates.

List of Figures

List of Illustrations

1. Introduction   Karen L. Wilson

2. Stratigraphy and Architecture   Karen L. Wilson

Level I

Level II

Levels III, IV, V

Squares X-XV

3. The Pottery   Susan J. Allen

Method of Processing Pottery in the Field

Fabric Typology

Form Typology

Late Hellenistic Pottery

Late Period Pottery

Third Intermediate Period Pottery

Comparative Material

4. The Greek Pottery   Margorie Venit

5. Various Finds   Karen L. Wilson

Faience: amulets, figurines, and vessels


Terracotta amulet moulds

Terracotta ram figurines


Mitannian cylinder seal

6. A Third Intermediate Period Relief Fragment   Victoria L. Solia

7. Conclusions   Karen L. Wilson

Karen L. Wilson, director of the museum of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, was field director of the 1979-80 Mendes excavations.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 43 pages
 279mm x 215mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, SOC003000
 American Research Center in Egypt


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