Egypt's Hidden Heritage
: Cultural Heritage Management and the Archaeology of the Coptic Church

  • Daniel Heale

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Christian cultural heritage of north Africa is ancient and rich, but at risk after recent political events. Many Christian minority communities living in Islamic environments feel at risk of persecution. This is a topical and timely PhD. The Christian, Coptic heritage of Egypt remains poorly studied from the perspective of heritage management and is also at risk from a number of factors. Using first-hand study and analysis based upon original fieldwork, the thesis offers a state of the art assessment to risks facing Coptic monuments in Egypt today. It does this by situating Egyptian heritage policy within the English framework, and it establishes theoretical approaches to value, significance, meaning, and interpretation in Egyptian heritage within a wider global framework. It is based on the analysis of three markedly different Egyptian Christian Coptic sites, each with their own unique management issues and it offers a series of solutions and ideas to preserve, manage and interpret this unique material culture and to emphasise community solutions as being the most viable and sustainable approaches, whilst taking into account the varied levels of significance of these monuments.
Date of Award19 Apr 2017
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Winchester
SupervisorNiall Finneran (Supervisor), Tony King (Supervisor) & Simon Roffey (Supervisor)


  • heritage
  • Coptic
  • Copts
  • archaeology
  • Abu Mina
  • St. Paul
  • Haret Zuwaila

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