Ancient Egypt is often understood as a culture of “big building,” especially at the hands of its kings. Yet some of the best known and most important royal messages were inscribed not into built architecture, but into living rock, or stone that is still in situ. This project is the first discrete study of one such type of monument, royal living-rock stelae.
The Northeast Fayyūm Lakeshore Project (NFLP) is investigating how environmental conditions affect systems of communication between urban settlements around Lake Qārūn in the Fayyūm governate. The NFLP has been investigating a concession in Egypt previously held by the URU Project (UCLA).
In 2019, the Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF) of the American Research Centre in Egypt (ARCE) funded the conservation project for the interior compartments of the pyramid complex of Sahura at Abusir. The major focus if the work was on cleaning the interior rooms as well as consolidating and restoring the pyramid substructure in order to prevent further collapse and to protect the pyramid.
The Kom el-Hisn Provincialism Project (KHPP) began new
Initiated in 2006, the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (YMAP) sponsors archaeological work at late ancient and medieval Christian monastic sites in both Lower and Upper Egypt. In Lower Egypt, YMAP-North has worked at Kellia-Pherme in the western Delta (2006) and at the Monastery of John the Little in Wādī al-Naṭrūn (Scetis) (fieldwork 2006–2017; publications ongoing).
Survey, conservation, mapping, and excavations at Amheida (Dakhla oasis) from 2001 to 2016 have found substantial remains of the Roman city of Trimithis, as well as more fragmentary traces of the prehistoric and pharaonic periods.
Hierakonpolis (ancient Nekhen and modern Kom el Ahmar) is well-known as a major site for the study of Egypt’s predynastic and early dynastic periods, but this vast, multi-component site contains this and much more. It has long been famous as the find-spot of the palette of King Narmer, a potent icon for the birth of Egyptian civilization at c. 3100BC, indicating the site’s exalted status at this time.
The current principal project of the Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is the site of Deir el-Ballas located about 30 kilometers north of Western Thebes. The site was of pivotal importance in Egyptian history as the forward capital of the Theban kings during the Hyksos expulsion and also is one of the few substantially excavated pharaonic town sites.
Established ca. 1850 BCE by the 12th Dynasty king Senwosret III, the site of Wah-Sut-Khakaure-maa-kheru-em-Abdju (“Enduring are the Places of Khakaure-true of voice-in-Abydos”) was a royal mortuary complex focused on a subterranean royal tomb at the base of the high desert cliffs. A temple for Senwosret III stood at the edge of the Nile floodplain. A town site near the temple housed a population of administrators, priests and other personnel who maintained the king’s funerary cult. The cult of Senwosret III persisted over approximately three centuries at South Abydos.
Learn more about the archaeological mission led by The University of Chicago's Oriental Institute at Tell Edfu in Upper Egypt.