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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Africa – Egypt –Giza Archaeological Field Training - 2013

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-01-17
End Date 2014-03-14

Multiple Session information


Archaeology Field School Location

Giza, Cairo, Egypt.

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

American University in Cairo

Academic Credit

Eight academic credits

Archaeology Field School Tuition

$8,000 (USD)

Archaeology Field School Room and Board

Suitable accommodation in Giza close to the Mark Lehner Archaeological Center and the site.

Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs


Archaeology Field School Description

The Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP), under the direction of Mark Lehner, evolved from its beginnings in surveying and mapping the landscape at Giza (Egypt) into a large-scale project which covers: settlement and burial excavation; experimental archaeology and conservation; geomorphology and geophysics work; and archaeological field training. Under the umbrella of Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA) we investigate the development of urbanism, labor organization, and the elementary structures of ancient daily life.
The archaeological field training will focus on the ancient urban site at Heit el-Ghurab (Arabic for Wall of the Crow) about 400 meters south of the Sphinx, in order to assess evidence of the social and economic structures that supported the building and maintenance of the Giza pyramids. The planned settlement, one of the earliest examples of urban planning, is securely dated to the reigns of two Giza pyramid builders: Khafre (2520-2494 BC) and Menkaure (2490-2472 BC).
The settlement has three distinct urban areas designated as the Galleries, the Eastern Town, and Western Town. These areas are characterised by distinct urban layout, design and size of structures, as well as distinct patterns emerging in the faunal, botanical, lithic and ceramic material. The current hypothesis is that the ‘Galleries’ served as barracks for rotating workers; the village-like, Eastern Town was used by a mixed permanent population; and the Western Town housed important scribes and officials. These distinct urban areas are linked by streets, gates and enclosure walls, with a large building, the Royal Administrative Building (RAB), controlling the interface between them.
The town was abandoned and dismantled when the Giza pyramid building projects came to an end. Soon thereafter, forces of erosion cut what is essentially a horizontal section through the site before it was buried by a thick layer of sand. There seems to have been no further occupation at the site until its use as a burial ground starting from the Late Period (747-525 BC) up to the Early Roman Period (1st Century AD).

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type

Settlement and burial excavation (historic)

Time Period

Old Kingdom (c. 2450BC) settlement; Late Period (664 BC) to Early Roman (1st Century AD) cemetery

Field School Setting/Conditions

The Giza Plateau is on the outskirts of Cairo. The site is on the desert edge a 10 minute drive from the Archaeological Centre. Easy transport to the centre of Cairo, Fayum, Saqqara and other parts of Egypt.

How is the project area accessed each day

School provides a mini bus to get the site (10 minute driving)

What is the daily schedule for the field school

6.45am to 5.30pm, Saturday to Thursday. Thursday afternoons and Fridays are days off.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
Inaugural year for foreign students. School has operated since 2005 for Egyptian inspectors of the antiquities service
Is there a professional certification for this field school


Directors and Instructors

Project director Dr Mark Lehner; Field-school Directors Mohsen Kamel and Ana Tavares; instructors AERA’s team (see

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Archaeological excavation and field recording
Archaeological illustration and photography
Survey and mapping of diverse archaeological structures from mud brick to stone monuments
Artifact recording and analysis
Archaeobotany and Archaeozoology; introduction to floral and faunal retrieval, sampling and analysis
Lithics analysis (chipped stone tools and remains of processing stone tools).
Mud sealings analysis
Ceramics analysis
Bio-anthropology; excavation and processing of human remains
Database and spread sheet applications to manage and analyse information
GIS (Geographic Information Systems) applications in archaeology

On rain days will there be lab work?

On rain or sand-storm days there will be Lab and Office work.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Archaeological site visits are included in the program, other visits can be arranged informally

Will there be additional organized activities?

Yes, daily Saturday to Wednesday.

Is travel restriced during free time?

Restrictions (visits to central Cairo, Fayum area) depend on the local situation which is monitored daily.

Other resources students will find useful

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