Sais (Egypt) 42 Sa el-Hagar - Σάις

Σάις - Sais, an ancient town of Egypt, modern Sa el-Hagar
settlement/deme

Modern description E.E.S. Delta Survey

A major archaeological site, location of the ancient city of Sais. This has been investigated by a joint expedition of the University of Durham and the Egypt Exploration Society. An extensive bibliography is available at http://deltasurvey.ees.ac.uk/sais13.html . Sais was greatly expanded in the 7th century BC and embellished with numerous temples, the main one dedicated to the goddess Neith. Only scattered stone blocks remain of these temples today, but many sculptures from the site are to be found in museums. Extensive mound below town; large enclosure at N mostly levelled to agriculture. Survey begun by Penny Wilson for the EES in 1997 with surface mapping followed by drill-coring and excavation. Satellite images show new housing along the N edge of the mound and a large built complex on the W side, constructed between 2013 and 2016.

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