Fatireh al-Baida

Apart from a small shrine and a few huts, the settlement at Fatrieh al-Baida comprises this row of well preserved rooms:
The shrine at Fatireh al-Baida is built from a few large slabs of stone quarried nearby and only roughly finished:


Objective of visit:
To draw a measured plan of the site and study the surface remains (including the ceramic finds).
Date of visit:
  - August 1997
Fellow visitors:
  Prof.Dr. Steve Sidebotham (University of Delaware).
Results: A survey was performed using the Global Positioning System, a theodolite and steel tape measures. Off-site assistance was given by pottery expert Dr. Roberta Tomber (Museum of London). No excavations took place. A full publication of this site is pending.
Approximate position and date of the site:   Fatireh al-Baida is in the northern part of the Egyptian Eastern desert, north of the Qena-Safaga asphalt road, west of the Mons Claudianus and Mons Porphyrites area. Surface pottery dated to the Roman period (ca. 30 - 600 AD).
Short description of the site:   Fatireh al-Baida was probably a stop on the ancient road from the stone quarries in the Mons Claudianus and Mons Porphyrites area to the Nile, even though the lay-out is not typical. There is a small stone excavation area nearby and the settlement comprises a small shrine and a number of huts.
Additional remarks: Judging by the size as well as the lay-out of the remaining buildings and the absence of a fortified cistern or well, Fatireh al-Baida was not af major importance to the ancient traffic but more likely served a religious function. Our work was sponsored by the University of Delaware and private donors.