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Dig next to the pyramids in 2016
Applications are now available for the Giza plateau archaeological field training program jointly sponsored by The American University in Cairo and Ancient Egypt Research Associates.
The five-week program runs from January 3 - February 4, 2016 and is designed for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates. Highlights of the course include:
- five weeks of excavation instruction, including one week of burial excavation working with bio-archaeologists
- afternoons spent in the Giza lab studying ceramic, floral, faunal and lithic material
- instruction in systemic excavation and recording techniques including drawing, survey, and photography
- hands-on practice with computer database and spreadsheet applications used to manage and analyze information
- field trips to other archaeological sites in Egypt
- five academic credits granted from The American University in Cairo.
For more information, visit our website, read first-hand accounts from students and other team members in our 2015 Field Season Blog, and visit our photogalleries to see photos from our field training excavations and from field trips to other archaeological sites in Egypt.
Application forms and additional information can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is May 31, 2015.
AERA celebrates ten years of field school training in Egypt
On March 21st, AERA celebrated the 10th anniversary of our field school program in Egypt with a party at the AERA-Egypt Center
in Giza. Many of our graduates attended the celebration alongside current students, staff members, and officials from the Ministry of Antiquities.
We wish to thank the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, USAID, The American Research Center in Egypt, and The American University in Cairo for their generous support and co-operation over the past ten years. We look forward to celebrating another ten years of training the next generation of Egyptian archaeologists in 2025!
Dr. Mark Lehner speaks at the field school anniversary party (l); former AERA archivist Soha Kamel, field school graduate and ceramicist Nermeen Aba Yazeed, and field school graduate and current instructor, Hanan Mahmoud, celebrate at the party (r).
The Pig and the Chicken in the Middle East
|A chicken on a limestone fragment found by Howard Carter on the slope in front of Tutankhamun's tomb. |
Sometime around 1000 B.C.E. pig use in the Middle East declined and was subsequently religiously prohibited. Around the same time that pork fell out of favor, chickens were introduced into the area.
AERA Chief Research Officer Dr. Richard Redding's paper examining the historical reasons for the decline of the pig (and the rise of the chicken) has been featured in the Smithsonian
and the New Historian
The full text of his article, The Pig and the Chicken in the Middle East: Modeling Human Subsistence Behavior in the Archaeological Record Using Historical and Animal Husbandry Data,
is available in the Journal of Archaeological Research
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