Babylon of Egypt: The Archaeology of Old Cairo and the Origins of the City

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Babylon of Egypt: The Archaeology of Old Cairo and the Origins of the City

Format:  Hardcover,

179 pages

Publisher: Amer Univ in Cairo Pr

Publish Date: Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9789774162992

ISBN-10: 9774162994

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An archaeological investigation into the ancient nucleus of medieval and modern Cairo.
This book presents a history of Old Cairo based on new archaeological evidence gathered between 2000 and 2006 during a major project to lower the groundwater level affecting the churches and monuments of this area of Cairo known by the Romans as Babylon. Examination of the material and structural remains revealed a sequence of continuous occupation extending from the sixth century BC to the present day. These include the massive stone walls of the canal linking the Nile to the Red Sea, and the harbor constructed by Trajan at its entrance around 110 AD.
The Emperor Diocletian built the fortress of Babylon around the harbor and the canal in 300 AD, and much new information has come to light concerning the construction and internal layout of the fortress, which continues to enclose and define the enclave of Old Cairo. Important evidence for the early medieval transformation of the area into the nucleus of the Arab city of al-Fustat and its later medieval development is also presented.

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Publisher: Amer Univ in Cairo Pr
Publish Date: Sep 2010
ISBN-13: 9789774162992
ISBN-10: 9774162994
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 179
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 3.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.25 x 12.0 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9789774162992

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This book presents a history of Old Cairo based on new archaeological evidence gathered between 2000 and 2006 during a major project to lower the groundwater level affecting the churches and monuments of this area of Cairo known by the Romans as Babylon.

Examination of the material and structural remains revealed a sequence of continuous occupation extending from the sixth century BC to the present day. These include the massive stone walls of the canal linking the Nile to the Red Sea, and the harbor constructed by Trajan at its entrance around 110 AD.

The Emperor Diocletian built the fortress of Babylon around the harbor and the canal in 300 AD, and much new information has come to light concerning the construction and internal layout of the fortress, which continues to enclose and define the enclave of Old Cairo. Important evidence for the early medieval transformation of the area into the nucleus of the Arab city of al-Fustat and its later medieval development is also presented.

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