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Italian Mission in Soknopaiou Nesos/Dime es-Seba (Egypt)
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Italian Mission in Soknopaiou Nesos/Dime es-Seba (Egypt)

‘Scavo archeologico, restauro architettonico, studio dei materiali e cantiere scuola a Soknopaiou Nesos/Dime es-Seba’ (Archaeological excavation, architectural restoration, study of materials and worksite school in Soknopaiou Nesos/Dime es-Seba).

University of Salento, Piazza Tancredi 7, 73100 Lecce (LE), Italy.

The project, active since 2001 and led by Prof. Mario Capasso, has the primary objective of performing the rigorously stratigraphic archaeological excavation of the Greco-Roman city of Soknopaiou Nesos/Dime es-Seba, located in the Egyptian region of Fayyum, approx. 2 km from Lake Qarun. The city was founded in the 3rd century BC and, at its peak, had a population of several thousand people and a thousand houses. It includes a very significant temple complex dominated by the sanctuary of the crocodile god Soknopaios.

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