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Friday, October 20, 2017 A new website all about Memphis

Introducing our new Memphis website:
With this new website, we hope to bring Egypt's ancient capital city alive once more and to share Memphis' many stories with audiences near and far.

This bilingual English-Arabic website has information for both visitors and researchers about the sites and history of Memphis, from its birth 4900 years ago to the present day.

At you'll find: 

  • a downloadable brochure & guidebook,
  • information for visitors about the museum facilities and the Memphis temples and monuments still visible today, including the colossus of Ramesses II and Egypt's second largest sphinx,
  • information for researchers including a bibliography, detailed plans made from 2015-2017 survey data, and the location of objects from Memphis now located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo,
  • field diaries and videos produced by our amazing field school students,
  • information for tour guides to help them better explain Memphis and its important history to tourists,
  • and information about the project itself, including our recording methodology and information about the project's staff, students and sponsors.

This project is part of our two-year Memphis Site & Community Development (MSCD) project. Special thanks to USAID for funding the MSCD project, our collaborators at the University of York, and the many Ministry of Antiquities inspectors from across Egypt who made this project such a success! 
Mark Lehner discusses his theories on the ancient Giza waterways
In a new Boston Globe article, Dr. Lehner discusses his latest theories on how the ancient Egyptians used a system of canals and harbors to help build the pyramids.

For a more in-depth examination of these theories, watch the new documentary, Lost Secrets of the Pyramids, airing on CBC-TV in Canada on October 29th. Stay tuned for U.S. air dates!
"Giza and the Pyramids: The Definitive History" available on Oct. 29th
In this new book Mark Lehner and Zahi Hawass provide insights into the history of the Giza plateau based on more than 40 years of excavating and studying the site.

Though today the pyramids and the Sphinx rise from the desert, isolated and enigmatic, they were once surrounded by temples, vast cemeteries, harbors, and teeming towns. This book describes that past in vibrant detail, along with the history of exploration, the religious and social function of the pyramids, how the pyramids were built, and the story of Giza before and after the Old Kingdom. These monuments are brought to life through hundreds of illustrations, including photographs of the monuments, excavations, and objects, as well as plans, reconstructions, and images from remote-controlled cameras and laser scans.
Available from booksellers on October 29th or pre-order a copy from Amazon now.
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