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Temple University (Philadelphia, PA 19122-6003)
Elizabeth Stinette Bolman (Project Director: November 2004 to April 2008)

Collaborative Research
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$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2005 – 6/30/2007

Archaeological and Multidisciplinary Investigation of the White Monastery Federation, near Sohag, Egypt

Excavation and analysis of an important Coptic architectural complex (fourth through thirteenth century, C.E.) that promises to yield valuable evidence bearing on late antique monasticism. (36 months)

This is a request for funding for the archaeological survey, excavation, conservation, analysis and publication of a uniquely well-attested monastic settlement outside of Sohag, Egypt. The prolific author and early monastic leader St. Shenoute of Atripe (346-465) established a monastic federation comprised of two men’s monasteries, a nunnery, and some hermitages. Uniquely at this site, materials and texts from all major categories of evidence have survived. The site is now at great risk. A Consortium of scholars has been studying the site from several disciplinary perspectives. With the results of the proposed excavations, at this remarkably rich site, we will be able to increase our understanding of early monasticism exponentially.