The Quseir al-Qadim Project

Project Details


The Quseir al-Qadim project is a multidisciplinary project in collaboration with the University of Southampton. Quseir is a small town on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt, with some character and a 16th century fort. It has recently begun to develop and a new Mövenpick hotel has been built some 8 km north on the site of Quseir al-Qadim (Old Quseir), now marked by a massive heap of potsherds and the remains of mud brick buildings. This site has recently been identified as Myos Hormos, one of the great ports of the ancient world. Its main function was to articulate Rome's trade with the orient, in particular with India. The site has been comparatively little investigated (in 1978, 1980 and 1982). Roughly 10-20% of the available area was examined. A new investigation is timely and it is imperative that archeological work be done in advance of and as a part of the development of Quseir. Excavations will start february 1999. The VUB "center for the study of the Greek and Latin Documents" will be responsible for the written material and will also study coins.
Effective start/end date1/01/9931/12/02

Flemish discipline codes

  • History and archaeology


  • Myos Hormos
  • papyrology
  • Roman Egypt