November 22nd, 2016
Dr. David Jeffreys and Freya Sadarangani, Field Director for Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA), will be giving a lecture on “Memphis, Ancient Egypt’s Premier City.”
Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Garden Room, British Council,
192 Sharei El-Nil St. Agouza-Cairo
While many visitors make a brief stop at the “Open-air Memphis Museum” at Mit Rahina to look down upon a colossal limestone statue of Ramesses the Great, they pass right by eight sites where archaeologists have excavated important parts of Memphis, including the Great Temple of Ptah, the Apis House (a major tourist stop in Roman times), a Hathor Temple, a New Kingdom shrine, and a series of early tombs and residences.
Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA), in collaboration with the University of York and the Ministry of Antiquities, and funded by USAID, is currently developing an archaeological walking circuit that will guide visitors through some of the most important Memphite sites, while also conserving the cultural heritage of Memphis by cleaning and documenting this endangered area. In this lecture we aim to show how much has been done in documenting Memphis in recent years, what is happening now, and what could be achieved in the future.