Archaeology of Pharaonic Egypt: Old Kingdom to New Kingdom
Are you ready to explore ancient Egypt’s most famous archaeological sites? This course will survey the archaeology of Pharaonic Egypt, spanning from the Pyramid Age of the Old Kingdom (c. 2686 BCE) to the height of the Egyptian empire in the New Kingdom (c. 1069 BCE). We will discuss the most significant archaeological sites across Egypt, including those in Saqqara, Dahshur, Giza, Luxor, and Aswan. 3D walkthroughs and other digital technologies will be utilized to allow students to better visualize these ancient sites and monuments. Recent findings from excavations, which include the instructor’s own excavation efforts at Memphis (Kom el-Fakhry), will also be covered.
Raghda (Didi) El-Behaedi is an Egyptian Archaeology PhD candidate at the University of Chicago and National Geographic Explorer. Her research interests include understanding ancient Egyptian settlement patterns and ancient landscapes through the lens of remote sensing, GIS, and 3D modeling. She has used these technologies to further propel cultural heritage preservation efforts and education initiatives in Egypt, including several outreach opportunities with National Geographic Learning. In addition to co-directing the Memphis-Kom el-Fakhry Archaeological Project (MKAP), Didi has conducted archaeological fieldwork at several sites in Egypt, including Tell Edfu, Deir el-Bahri, Asasif, and Hermopolis.