Kom el-Atl (Bacchias)
A little to the south-east of Karanis, on the northern edge of the Faiyum, is the ancient town of Bacchias, now called Kom el-Atl (locally pronounced Kom el-‘Asl) which means ‘The Place of the Tamarisk’. The site is situated near the small village of Gharay. Once a border town on the desert road from Memphis to the Arsinoite nome, this small community was founded in the Ptolemaic Period. The site lies on an earlier prehistoric settlement.
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