the Akhenaten Temple Project
Who we are:
The Akhenaten Temple
Project is an umbrella project of 23 years duration, encompassing four
archaeological expeditions to Egypt and north-east Africa.
Our general aim:
To lay bare and
analyze through the most modern scientific techniques the most ancient
civilization on earth; to study by excavation and geo-physical and geo-archaeological
survey the ecology of north-east Africa; to train up students and technicians
in history, archaeology, survey, applied physics, palaeo-botany, palaeo-zoology,
and ceramic typology.
The discovery of
the earliest temple of Pharaoh Akhenaten, the first monotheist in history;
cleaning and restoration of the tomb of Akhenaten's butler; surface survey
of the most ancient transit corridor in Jordan; the excavations of Mendes,
largest city in the Nile Delta and sometime capital of Egypt; excavation
of Tel Kedwa, an Egyptian border fortress in North Sinai; survey of the
North Sinai "land bridge," the only land link between the two largest continents
We have trained
between 175 and 200 students and technicians over 20 years.
Past financial support
has come from the Smithsonian with counterpart funds; grants in aid of
research from the Killam Program and the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada; private donations from our friends; proceeds
from a field school run under the aegis of the Pennsylvania State University.
in the College Park Campus of the Pennsylvania State University; two "dig"-houses
affording living, work and storage facilities at Karnak and Mendes in Egypt;
one 1979 Peugeot stationwagon; the Jean Woodhams Memorial Library (housed
at the Mendes dig-house).
A Newsletter (since
1991), issued quarterly, outlining the work of the preceding season; 4
volumes publishing the results of the excavations at Mendes (to be published
by Eisenbraun's Inc.); over 20 articles published in scholarly journals
worldwide; journalistic coverage in the New York Times, the Times Literary
Supplement, the Lost Angeles Times, El Ahram, the Toronto Star; a one-hour
documentary, "The Lost Pharaoh" (NFB-PBS).
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