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Lost LABYRINTH Of Egypt Scanned

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« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2008, 10:30:16 am »

In 1911, Petrie returned to Hawara to excavate in the Labyrinth and to find more of the so-called Faiyum portraits on the Roman Period mummies.

As usual, Petrie published his results soon after his work and also depicted partial reconstructions of
the complex within his volumes. These were still mainly based on the classical authors, and only few points depended on the little evidence he found for the original architecture (Petrie et al. 1912).

The crucial information Petrie knew ‘from Pliny and others’ about the disappearance of Labyrinth as a quarry is unscientificly vague and even completly lost for contemporary researchers.

That the whole of the structure of the Labyrinth could have been carried away was certainly a possibility, but it would have been a Herculean feat considering its size and the mass of the stones
used to build it.

If this was indeed the labyrinth described in antiquity, like it is proofed, no act of pillaging could match the total annihilation that should have occurred there.

During Petrie’s absence at Hawara excavations were subsequently undertaken in 1892 by Heinrich Brugsch, J. von Levetzau and von Niemeyer and Richard Von Kaufmann, who all discovered Roman mummy portraits.

In the same year R. von Kaufmann discovered the intact Roman mudbrick chamber of 'Aline' (see now Germer, Kischkewitz and Lüning 1993).

A local dealer discovered four or five portraits and an unknown number of gilded masks

(cf. Drower 1985, p.143).
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