Kellis (Egypt)

Infant burial from the site of Kellis, Kharqa Oasis, Egypt. Infant burial from the site of Kellis, Kharqa Oasis, Egypt.

The ancient town of Kellis in Egypt (modern Ismant el-Kharab; ‘Ismant the ruined’) is an archaeological site that lies about 11 km northeast of Mut, the capital of the Egyptian oasis of Dakhla. The ancient settlement consists of a dominant temple complex surrounded by numerous mud-brick structures and is about one square km in size.

Excavations at the site began in 1986, and from 1991 the Kellis excavations were carried out by Monash University, Australia. The main phases of occupation at the site date from the early to late Roman Periods (first to the fifth centuries AD).

Numerous textiles were excavated at the site, from both the settlement and the related cemetery. All the textiles from the cemetery were plain, except for a few pieces of embroidery of varying sizes and conditions. The main embroidered pieces from the burials derive from a fragmentary hooded child's tunic with embroidered elements retrieved from one of the pit graves. Other Kellis embroideries include small fragments of an unknown function.

Source: VOGELSANG-EASTWOOD, Gillian (2016). 'Late classical and early medieval embroideries from Egypt and Nubia,' in: Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (ed.). Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World, London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 58-70, esp. 61-64.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 3 June 2016).


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