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Amheida


Amheida is a large settlement site where excavation has recently begun and there is little detailed information available as yet.

The site is a high mound, which may be partly natural. It is marked by many buildings standing above the surface. In particular, there is a tall mud-brick pyramid, one of only two in the oasis.

Mudbrick building standing above surface at Amheida


The surface remains are largely Roman in date, although pottery dating back to the Old Kingdom has been collected here. One partly excavated house is decorated with wall paintings of Homeric subjects executed in the time of Constantine.


Fresco of group of named gods on the
interior wall of a house at Amheida

There are also many stone blocks from a temple dedicated to Thoth, dating through the Late Period and into Roman times.

 
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