Kom el-Farahy: a New Kingdom island in an evolving Edfu foodplain

Bunbury, J. M. and Graham, A. and Strutt, K. D. (2009) Kom el-Farahy: a New Kingdom island in an evolving Edfu foodplain. BMSAES, 14. pp. 1-23.

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Abstract

A small mound, known locally as Kom el-Farahy, stands c. 1.5m above the surrounding cultivation approximately 800m south-east of the necropolis of Hagr Edfu (fgs. 1–3). Manfred Bietak (1979) had previously suggested, on the basis of his cartographic studies, that the course of the river once ran between Kom el-Farahy and Edfu town. Vivian Davies, director of the British Museum Expedition to Hagr Edfu, recognised the need to investigate the foodplain and this isolated kom as important to understanding the past land- and waterscapes of the foodplain between Edfu town and temple and the Hagr Edfu necropolis. Understanding the past movements of the river is essential to the broader geographical context of the necropolis and the journey between it and the town. Experience of interpreting satellite data and maps and an understanding of the movements of the Nile at Karnak (Bunbury et al. 2008a; Graham in press [a]), Memphis (Jeffreys 1985; 2008; Jeffreys and Bunbury 2005; Jeffreys and Tavares 1994) and Giza (Bunbury et al. 2009; Lutley and Bunbury 2008) suggested to us that the kom formed as an island in the river. Our two short seasons during February 2008 and 2009 have proved the robustness of the interpretation of satellite images using the methods of Hillier et al. (2007) and Lutley and Bunbury (Lutley 2007; Lutley and Bunbury 2008).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 09AREP; IA59;
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: BMSAES
Volume: 14
Page Range: pp. 1-23
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2010 09:28
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 09:56
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/1291

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