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Unearthing the area of the large Pylon Temple in Athribis
An online Zoom Lecture

Date: Saturday 18th May 2024 at 11.00 amImage Attribution: Roland Unger
By Dr Marcus Mueller
Cost: Free for Members and £4 Visitors
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The existence of the large Pylon Temple at the Upper Egyptian site of Atribus has been known since its discovery by Flinders Petrie in the winter of 1907/08. However, he excavated only the southern end of the South Tower and parts of the main gate and North Tower.  The current project, centred at the University of Tübingen, started in December 2022 with the following aims:

- excavation of the Pylon Temple within the next ten years
- to find out whether parts of the temple are cut into the mountain
- to define the architectural structure of the temple
- to find inscriptions that tell us which king was responsible for the construction of the Pylon Temple
- to find inscriptions and reliefs that shed light on the local religion
- to explore the vicinity of the temple: the neighbouring Ostraca Excavation where we have found more than 30000 ostraca and impressive mudbrick houses, the west wing of the nearby early Christian monastery

This talk will present the latest information and discoveries from the site.


Dr Marcus MuellerAfter travelling and an early military career Dr Marcus Mueller studied Egyptology in Tübingen and Liverpool gaining in 2001 his PhD in Egyptology with the subject “Pharaoh as a military commander and the art of war”.  Alongside academic posts Marcus has directed excavations in Germany, Georgia, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Egypt. He has been field director of the Athribis Project (University of Tübingen) since 2017 and is a member of the Academic Council at the Alexandria Center of Hellenistic Studies.