Flinders Petrie began the systematic exploration of the ruins of Bedreshen, and in three seasons cleared up much of the topography of the ancient city, identifying the mound of the citadel and palace, a foreign quarter, &c. Among his finds not the least interesting is a large series of terra-cotta heads representing the characteristic features of the foreigners who thronged the bazaars of Memphis.
The whole conclave may be compared with the enclosed bazaars or khans of Oriental cities which are usually locked at night.
The narrow winding streets and the Arab bazaars present an Oriental scene contrasting with the European aspect of the district already described.
It has its own shops, bazaars, mosques, &c., and constitutes a quarter by itself.
The town has been built without the slightest regard to regularity; the streets are even more intricate and winding than those in most other Eastern towns, and with the exception of the bazaars and some open squares, the interior is little else than a labyrinth of alleys and passages.
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