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they are shaped like dolphins diving inside the tholos. Cat. no. 1.

Outside the temple enclosure, 50 m N of the first pylon, built on the Late Period Embankment protecting the temple from floods and enabling boats to moor and pilgrims to disembark; 25°43'12.64" N 32°39'23.24" E


Well preserved; fully excavated in 2006-2011




a) ?; b) traces of renovations (furnace, S drain); c) before the last quarter of the second century (dated by coin hoard found in structures that were built above the bath building)


Two tholoi (1, 2; both diam. c. 6 m) each with 16 hip-bathtubs; one room (4) with at least 1 immersion bathtub (found in the backfill but not in situ, therefore not shown on the plan), and most likely 2 more bathtubs


Furnace (d) probably surmounted by boiler


Reservoir (a), two semi-circular basins (b, c), supplied by reservoir a; two subterranean channels from furnace to room 4 (hot water supply?); drain from tholos 2 through corridors 6 and 5 to the S


All rooms decorated with high-quality mosaic floors (pebbled mortar and chipped stone mosaic; in room 2 figural mosaic with marine animals, dolphins and tilapia) and polychrome stucco in masonry style


Boraik, 2009; Boraik, El-Masekh, Guimier-Sorbets and Redon forthcoming


El-Masekh and Redon forthcoming, fig. 1

TAPOSIRIS MAGNA/ABUSIR, BATHS The French Archaeological Mission of Taposiris Magna (MFFTM), led by Marie-Francoise Boussac (Univ. Nanterre Paris Ouest), started in 2003, under the direction of the Thibaud Fournet (architect, Ifpo = Institut Français du Proche-Orient) and Bérangère Redon (archaeologist, Ifao) the study of an exceptionally well-preserved bath building, dated back to the Hellenistic Period (it is abandoned by the end of the Ptolemaic era). Partly cut in the rock, the building comprises the two normal parts of a


Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project  
Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project