Site Visit: Karanis (Kom Aushim)

Hopeful to squeeze the last few adventures out of our Winter break, four of us loaded up into a friend’s car on Friday and headed in the direction of the Fayoum. The Fayoum is the area of a now artificially-sustained lake in a valley about 3 hours southwest of Cairo by car. It is most visited for its Late Period and Greco-Roman sites of towns and temples (many to the crocodile-headed god Sobek, the popular god of the region). Karanis is a large site at the northernmost of the Fayoum of mud-brick houses and baths, a marketplace and two stone temples.


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