Shenoute and a recently discovered tomb chapel at the White Monastery

Anne-Louise Blanke, Elizabeth Bolman, Stephen J. Davis, Gillian Pyke, Mohammed Abdel Rahim, Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Wendy Dolling, Father Maximous al-Anthony, Dawn McCormack, Mohammed Khalifa, Mohamad Saad, Peter Sheehan, Anna Stevens, Nicholas Warner

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In 2002, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) discovered and investigated a triconch funerary chapel at the White Monastery. Since 2006, this structure has been the focus of further excavation, conservation, and analysis by an international team currently sponsored by the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (YMAP), in collaboration with the SCA. The funerary chapel features a subterranean tomb and evidence for an extensive program of figural and nonfigural wall paintings. During the December 2009 campaign, conservation of the paintings in the tomb revealed new details that connect this space with Shenoute, the famous head of the monastery during the fourth and fifth centuries c.e. In this brief article, the authors report on these recent discoveries.
Original languageEnglish
TypeContribution to article
Media of outputArticle
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameJournal of Early Christian Studies
PublisherNorth American Patristics Society
ISSN (Print)1067-6341
ISSN (Electronic)1086-3184


  • egypt
  • excavation
  • funerary chapel
  • white monastery
  • tomb
  • shenoute
  • conservation

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