Katalog der Internetressourcen für die Alte Geschichte, Byzantinistik, Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulateinische Philologie sowie Vor- und Frühgeschichte
Oriental Institute - The University of Chicago: Chicago, US (IL)
"Bir Umm Fawakhir is the first intensively studied ancient gold-mining town in Egypt, and the only one of its period in the Byzantine empire. Fawakhir is one of only two excavated Coptic/Byzantine towns (vs. monasteries) of the 5th - 6th century in Egypt [..]. Bir Umm Fawakhir and other recently explored sites in the Eastern Desert of Egypt indicate that the Byzantine government was not too weak to control the desert, as has long been thought, but in fact continued to exploit its economic resources. The Bir Umm Fawakhir Project, under the direction of Carol Meyer, completed its fifth field season in March 1999. [..]Bir Umm Fawakhir has now been identified as a 5th - 6th century Byzantine/Coptic gold mining town, not a Roman caravan station as it was long called."