Ancient Egypt Research Associates is indebted to the generous contributions of our benefactors and members who make our work possible. Certain friends must be recognized for their significant long-term commitment to our work in Egypt. Without their ongoing dedication to the investigation and preservation of Egyptian antiquities, AERA would not be the vital organization it is today.
Ann Lurie’s Millennium Challenge to AERA in 1999 was responsible for a great leap forward in our investigation of the Lost City. We thank Ann for her continued interest and support, as we admire her work to fight infectious diseases in Kenya.
David Koch has provided major support for every AERA and GPMP field season since he and Bruce Ludwig made possible the very first excavation season in 1988-89. David also funded the Pyramids Radiocarbon Dating Project in 1995.
Matthew McCauley’s more than 30 years of friendship, advice, and support (including financial) has been a substantial factor in AERA’s success. Matthew helped establish AERA and continues to serve on our board of directors.
We’re grateful to “Disk Doctor” Peter Norton, a consistent friend and supporter who also served as an AERA board member. Peter showed up alone to provide moral support during our Spring 2003 season despite heightened regional anxieties.
Glen has not only provided financial support, business advice, and service on AERA’s board, he’s also an AERA field scientist. Glen’s remote sensing work is an important addition to the overall understanding of the Giza environment.
We thank Charles Simonyi, not only for his substantial commitment to AERA, but for his commitment to the advancement of the arts and sciences everywhere. For her friendship, support, and advice on many matters, we thank Susan Hutchison, Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences.
Special thanks to Bruce Ludwig who began supporting Mark Lehner’s work in the very beginning of the Giza Plateau Mapping Project. For many years all major support came to AERA and the GPMP either directly or indirectly from Bruce’s tireless development for our work at Giza.
For his long friendship, support, and intellectual and spiritual inspiration we thank Jon Jerde. Jon served with Matthew McCauley and Bruce Ludwig on AERA’s board from the very beginning. He provided IT and CAD support for our earliest computer modeling of the Sphinx and Giza Pyramids.
Dr. James Allen
Mark Lehner would like to express his deep gratitude to Dr. James Allen for his friendship and advice over decades, and for establishing and directing the ARCE Sphinx Project in 1979 that launched Mark on his career at Giza. Dr. Allen has also served on AERA’s board of directors from the organization’s inception. He is the curator of the Egyptian collection at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Thanks to George Link for legal advice and support, and for serving as AERA Board member for many years after an exceptional tour inside the Great Pyramid.
Special thanks to David Goodman for designing and instituting the GPMP survey control network, for donating many field seasons of his time as GPMP Chief Surveyor, and for arranging the loan of equipment from the SOKKIA Corporation of Overland Park, Kansas.
Reis Ahmed Abd al-Basat, and in previous seasons his late brother Shahat Abd al-Basat, did an excellent job of supervising the specialist workers and skilled excavators from Luxor. We could not accomplish all that we do at this large excavation site without the Saidi (Upper Egyptian) team. Their unflagging energy and humor adds to the joy of working in Egypt. We also thank Abd al-Hamid Kotb (Giza site engineer) and Mohammed Musilhi (loader operator).
We are grateful to Gil Stein, Director of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, and Larry Stager, Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, for the support of their institutions. We also thank Joe Greene and James Armstrong of the Semitic Museum for their help.
Thanks to our friends and colleagues at the American Research Center in Egypt, including Director Dr. Gerry Scott and his staff. Special thanks to Mr. Amir Abdel Hamid and Mme. Amira Khattab. Our field seasons would be impossible to set up without their tireless efforts on our behalf.
We thank John Sanders of the Oriental Institute, and Peggy Sanders, of Archaeological Graphic Services, for years of computer design and graphics that provided our first computer modeling of the Giza Plateau, and for many illustrations over the years.
Legal advice and services
Thanks to Doug Rawles and the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.
We’re also grateful to Tom Villeneuve and Miles Gilburne for their enthusiasm and advice.
Travel in Egypt
We thank our friend and Giza neighbor, Mohamed Nazmy, of Quest Travel and Janice Brannon of Seven Wonders Travel for their help and support.
A special thanks to Margaret Sears for being instrumental in getting AERA started in 1986. And thanks to Thomas Gheoghan and the firm of Leon Despres in Chicago for legal help in forming AERA as a corporation.
Since joining our excavation as a volunteer, Brian Hunt has helped launch AERA onto new vistas by writing a long-range business plan and providing major development work. We thank and applaud Brian for authoring and producing this web site. Brian’s work has been a gift of personal time and effort to AERA, for which the entire team is deeply grateful.