AERA honored at 2013 Shanghai Archaeology Forum

September 20th, 2013

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

AERA Poster at SAF (1)To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

The process of the 2013 SAF selection program for two categories:

(1) Major archaeological field-discovery;

(2) Major archaeological research findings, which may be based on, although not themselves primarily comprising, fieldwork.

AERA is more than pleased that the Selection Committee found AERA’s work befitting the SAF criteria: “The SAF Selection Program recognizes individuals and organizations that have achieved distinction in innovative, creative, and rigorous works, and generated new knowledge about our human past, which has significant relevance to the contemporary world and our common future.” The Forum looks for implications from the study of ancient civilizations for “long-term sustainability and resilience of human societies.”2

Ten final projects were selected for each category. For both categories, the SAF received 99 nominations of archaeological projects worldwide. The Selection Committee consisted of 40 eminent archaeologists representing different regions of the world (http://shanghaiarchaeologyforum.org/people/selection- committee/). These leading archaeologists read about and assessed each nomination. A group of highly respected archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Peking University read and discussed the assessments provided by the Selection Committee, then short-listed 40 nominations (20 for each category), from which 10 finalists were chosen.

AERA’s excavation and survey of the “Lost City of the Pyramids”, and AERA’s broader research into the settlements at Giza, made the final list of ten for field discovery. A poster outside the Art Museum Theater represented each of the final selections. Those of us who represented the projects on the final list were called to the stage where distinguished members of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences presented to us certificates of achievement.

Lehner and Co Nominees

For a rich and rewarding learning experience, for the opportunity to meet with so many distinguished archaeologists working at sites around the world, and for the honor of selecting AERA’s work with settlements at Giza, Dr. Lehner is very grateful to Dr. Wang Wei and all our Chinese hosts at the Shanghai Archaeology Forum.

Photo credits – Fran Dilks

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

2013 SAF

Leading international and Chinese archaeologists selected AERA’s excavation of the Lost City of the Pyramids (the Heit el-Ghurab site) as one of the world’s 10 major field discoveries to be honored by the inaugural session of the Shanghai Archaeology Forum (SAF), held in Shanghai, China from August 23-27, 2013.

To accept this recognition, to present AERA’s work, and to meet with the other SAF delegates, Dr. Mark Lehner travelled to Shanghai on August 20. Professor Wang Wei, Director of the Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, leads the SAF. The theme of the 2013 inaugural session: the comparative archaeology of ancient civilizations.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum “is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the investigation, presentation, and protection of the world’s archaeological resources and diverse forms of historic heritage”. Attended by 180 delegates, about half from China and half from countries across the world, the SAF was made possible by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Municipal Government.