Small oasis on the road that joins the oasis of Siwa, west of Alexandria, to BAWIT in the oasis of al-Bahariyyah, about 65 miles (100 km) from Siwa. A. Fakhry thinks that the ancient tombs that he excavated there preserve traces of paintings of the Christian period, which would indicate that they must have been occupied by hermits (Fakhry, 1939, p. 614; 1973-1976, Vol. 1). However, A. de Cosson, who had written earlier, advanced an opposing opinion (1937, pp. 226-29).
- Cosson, A. de. “Notes on the Bahrên, Nuwêmisah and el-Areg Oases in the Libyan Desert.” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 23 (1937):226-29.
- Fakhry, A. “The Tombs of el-Areg Oasis in the Libyan Desert.”
- Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Egypte 39 (1939):609-19.
MAURICE MARTIN, S.J.