Selia, Fayoum Oasis (Egypt)

Excavations near Selia, Fayoum, Egypt Excavations near Selia, Fayoum, Egypt

In the early 1980's, excavations were conducted at a Christian cemetery near Selia (also spelt Seila in some sources), along the eastern edge of the Fayoum depression, Egypt. The excavations at Selia were directed by Wilfred Griggs, Brigham Young University, USA. The oldest monument in the region is a four-stepped pyramid dating to the early Third Dynasty (2686-2613 BC).

Among the areas excavated at Selia was a cemetery that dates from the eighth century BC and later. In 1984, according to the official report, the archaeologists excavated 123 burials from part of the cemetery. A number of these graves included textiles, notably clothing, such as hooded robes. These appear to date to the Graeco-Roman period.

Among the recorded textiles were " ... many samples of embroidered designs. Some designs are geometric and others are symbolic including a design resembling the Egyptian Wedjet eye and some sacerdotal symbols, and there is also some representational art, including one piece of cloth adorned with brightly colored ducks...". No further details are given, nor is there an illustration of the ‘embroidered’ pieces in question. Care needs to be taken with this (initial) report, as Egyptian textiles with woven decorative motifs are often misidentified as embroidered forms.


Digital source of illustration (retrieved 3 June 2016).


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