Koptos, present-day Qift in Middle Egypt (about 40 km. north of Luxor), was an important city in Graeco-Roman times as it was one of the places where the trade routes through the Eastern Desert ended:
Inhabitants of Qift (Qufti's) are frequently hired by archaeological expeditions as workmen. Several areas in their city have been fenced off to protect the antiquities, which include mud-brick and stone buildings:


Objective of visit:
To study the registered finds from Berenike in the store-room in Qift as well as to have a look at the destination of many of the travelers through the Eastern Desert.
Date of visit:
  Spring 1992 and spring 2002.
Fellow visitors:
  Willeke Wendrich, Anna and Leo Barnard (in 1992), Iwona Zych and André Veldmeijer (in 2002).
Apart from an inventory of the objects in storage, a number of slides like the two shown on this webpage.
Approximate position and date of the site:   Koptos is on the east bank of the Nile, just north of Luxor (ancient Thebes). The modern city, called Qift (or 'Quft' by the locals), encircles several relatively well preserved patches of the old town. The complete history of the city is not yet known, but it certainly was an important emporium in Graeco-Roman times (3rd century BC - 6th century AD) situated as it was at the end of one of the trading routes through the Eastern Desert.
Short description of the site:   The remains of Koptos include several large mud-brick buildings, some preserved up to over ten metres high, and a number of temples. The area is littered with inscribed stone blocks as well as potsherds. Once trade passed through here on its way between Alexandria and Rome in the west and Arabia and India in the east.
Additional remarks:
These visits would not have been possible without the indirect support of the EES-expedition to Qasr Ibrim and the Berenike Project as well as the help of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and several individuals.