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Title: Sur quelques pratiques de remploi du marbre et du calcaire en Égypte
Subtitle: Incursion au monastère copte de saint Jérémie à Saqqara
Author(s): WISSA, Myriam
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 9 Date: 2010
The excavation of James E. Quibell in the monastery of Apa Jeremias on the western edge of Saqqara, the old necropolis of Memphis, has shown extensive stone reuse. Rather than devastation, it seems, may have begun a period of sporadic procurement of raw materials. The vicinity of stone sources is the major factor. Two architectural elements from the monastery have been examined to determining their provenance. Proconnesian marble was found to be the primary source for one of the two columns emerging from the ruins of the site and Tura limestone for the pulpit in the Coptic Museum. Finally, as the reused stones could be emphasised in the various instances the proposition of anarchic re-use is put forward.