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The Foundations Of Hibis

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In the late 1990s, the SCA provided funds for the removal of Hibis temple from its present location to a new site upon which a suitable and stable foundation would be provided for the re-erected temple. As part of the work done by the contractors (Osman), a series of trenches was dug as preliminary work to determine the condition of the substructure and how much material would need to be removed as part of the reconstruction efforts. This survey of the non-archaeological trenches excavated in and around Hibis temple provides us with a wealth of information. Whatever damage has occurred to Hibis temple throughout the years was not due insufficient foundation construction. In all cases, the ancient Egyptian builders placed the walls firmly upon bedrock. Unfortunately, the stone of the bedrock itself had its own structural problems beyond the scope of the builders' ability to determine.

Keywords: bedrock; Egyptian builders; Hibis temple



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