Early Explorers of the Eastern Desert and the History of Monasticism: Sir John Gardner Wilkinson and James Burton
Keywords:Monasticism, Desert fathers, Archaeology, Egypt, Eastern Desert, Sir John Gardner Wilkinson, James Burton
This paper analyses the personal documents of two early explorers of the Eastern Desert who recorded several monastic monuments in the area: Sir John Gardner Wilkinson and James Burton. We argue that these papers are an important source for the history of early monasticism as they record many of the monuments now destroyed, severely damaged, or forgotten. It is also suggested that Burton preceded Wilkinson in visiting and documenting some of these archaeological sites, even though Wilkinson was the first to publish them.
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