Project SponsorYale University, William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Egyptology Endowment & Antiquities Endowment Fund
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). In Upper Egypt, YMAP-South has worked at the White Monastery (2008 to present) and at the site of the associated women’s monastery at Atripe (2016 to present, in collaboration with the University of Tübingen). The fieldwork sponsored by YMAP has also served as a venue for training in archaeological methods and the analysis of material culture.
Over the course of its history, the bulk of YMAP’s funding has come through the William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Egyptology Endowment at Yale, but it is also benefitted from grants awarded by ARCE’s Antiquities Endowment Fund, the National Geographic Society, and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
Project Team Members:
Gillian Pyke- Director of archaeology, ceramicist, plaster specialist