The announced workshop is to present the research project (B-4-6) Deir Anba Hadra. Sociocultural and economic significance of a holy place in Upper Egypt from late antiquity up to the early Mamluk period.

Deir Anba Hadra is one of the best-preserved medieval monasteries of Egypt. Its massive architectural remains attest to its former importance. Recent activities are centered around some hundreds of Coptic and Arabic inscriptions left by inhabitants and visitors of the monastery from the 10th to the 15th century. Private memorial inscriptions bear some valuable evidence for issues such as the history of the usage of places, their local and transregional semantics and significance, feelings of local inhabitants and visitors towards those places, and the appropriate ways of communicating such feelings in a public environment.

The ongoing work on the monastery, a cooperation between the German Archaeological Institute, Dept. Cairo, and Topoi Area B further expands on the architectural history of the church, its painted decoration, the economic buildings of the monastery, and archaeo-botanical research.


14:00 - 14:30
The Making of Memory: Visitors’ Inscriptions in the Upper Egyptian Monastery Deir Anba Hadra
Tonio Sebastian Richter
14:30 - 15:00
File Number: DAH. A Search for Traces in European Archives
Lena Krastel
15:00 - 15:30
Current Research on Arabic Epigraphy at Deir Anba Hadra
Christopher Braun
15:30 - 16:00
’Seven Times a Day I Have Praised You’: King David in the so-called Cave of Anba Hadra
Gertrud van Loon
16:00 - 16:30
Conserving Hadra’s Wall Paintings: Active Conservation Work on the Monasteries Architectural Surfaces
Alexandra Winkels
16:30 - 17:00
Coffee Break
17:00 - 17:30
From Plaster to Pixels: Capturing, Processing and Visualising New Epigraphic Evidence from Deir Anba Hadra
Kathryn E. Piquette
17:30 - 18:00
The Church of Deir Anba Hadra - Report on Recent Work and New Observations
Max Dzembritzki
Heike Lehmann
18:00 - 18:30
What Monneret Left for Us - Archaeology at Deir Anba Hadra
Sebastian Olschok
18:30 - 19:00
Plant-Based Commodities: An Update on the Archaeobotany of Deir Anba Hadra
Mennat-Allah El Dorry
19:00 - 19:15
Final Discussion
20:00 - 21:30
Speakers’ Dinner
09:00 - 11:00
The Next Steps: Preliminary Report
11:00 - 15:00
Open Space: Small Group Work
15:00 - 17:00
Group Work Summaries and Discussion of Next Phases of Project