Download this richly illustrated introduction to the everyday objects of the pyramid workers
Download our latest publication the AERA Object Typology
The AERA Object Typology is a richly illustrated introduction to the everyday objects of the pyramid workers. It is the result of work by a large team of specialists over more than 30 years.
We selected images and descriptions of representative objects for this book from AERA's massive collection of finds from the Giza plateau. Each object class is illustrated with numerous photographs and drawings, and introduced with Old Kingdom tomb scenes showing the objects in use.
We will update this book with new examples as they come to light. Future editions will also include examples of Late Period burial items, dedicated sections on copper objects and statue fragments, and maps showing the distribution of objects by category and type. Our ultimate goal is to publish a complete online catalog of the 4800+ objects recovered during AERA's excavations at Giza.
We hope the AERA Object Typology is a useful tool for archaeologists working in other Egyptian settlement sites and that it will facilitate comparisons between their assemblages and ours, and that it will benefit students of Egyptian archaeology around the world, enabling us all to develop more sophisticated lines of inquiry into the everyday material culture of ancient Egypt.
Claire Malleson and Fathy Ali sorting finds on site
A Saqqara tomb scene depicting gaming pieces
A limestone gaming piece found at the Lost City
Back to work at the Great Pyramid Temple
We are excited to resume work at the Great Pyramid Temple later this month. This season will see continued visitor improvements, including new information panels about the temple and its history. We will also focus on the restoration of the basalt pavement of the temple's open court and the detailed recording and conservation of the reliefs we found in 2020. We look forward to sharing the results of this work with you soon!
Watch Pierre Tallet and Mark Lehner talk about the Red Sea Scrolls
Earlier this summer Pierre Tallet and Mark Lehner gave a talk at the York Festival of Ideas about their new book The Red Sea Scrolls: How Ancient Papyri Reveal the Secrets of the Pyramids. Watch their presentation on YouTube.
Pierre Tallet's discovery of the Red Sea Scrolls—the world's oldest surviving written documents—was one of the most remarkable moments in the history of Egyptology. These papyri, combined with Mark Lehner's research, change what we thought we knew about the building of the Great Pyramid at Giza. Find out how King Khufu's men built the Great Pyramid and how the ancient Egyptians were able to build monuments that survive to this day.
AERA's work featured in the New York Times
Photographer Tanveer Badal joined Mark Lehner for a tour of our excavations and the pyramids at Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur. He chronicled the experience for the New York Times and was able to capture some amazing photos thanks to the khamsin sandstorms and a rare Egyptian rainstorm.
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