Since Herodotus visited the legendary labyrinth of Egypt 2500 years ago, the building dissapeared in the mist of time. After millennia of desert winds the tip of its remains was finally found back by the famous archaeologist Flinders Petrie in 1889. Petrie interpreted the enormous artificial stone plateau he discovered at Hawara (304m by 244m), as the foundation of the labyrinth and concluded, that the building itself was totally demolished, as a stone quarry in the Ptolemaic period. The mission of the Mataha-expedition was, besides preservation, to question this theory. On account, the foundation impenetrated by early expeditions, could be the roof of the labyrinth, described by Strabo as a great plain of stone. If this should be the case, it would not only be a historic discovery, but also a huge challenge, because the whole area is seriously affected by corrosive salty groundwater. Agressively destructing stone on a great scale, making environmental protection directly the utmost necessity. To be, or not to be anymore. A big question that is now scientifically answered by the geophysic survey, ending all contextual assumptions. The Mataha-expedition made the statement to find this out with the realisation of a professional geo-archaeologic survey, and "watched” with a qualified scientific team under the "foundation” of Petrie. With the aim to unriddle the enigma of the lost labyrinth, full of hieroglyphs sculpted for enternity in its endless stone walls, as described by the classic authors, and believed today by many people to contain all knowledge of ancient Egypt. After all, the principal aim of the Mataha-expedition is the search to better understand the history of Mankind.
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