The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to support research and conservation of Egyptian history and culture. In particular, it seeks to record and publish sites and monuments at risk from agricultural and urban expansion, looting, and vandalism and climate change.
As a pilot for a series on the oral history of American Egyptology, we recorded a video oral history interview with David O’Connor, one of the country’s leading archaeologists. He gave a wonderful overview of his more than sixty years of working in Egypt.
We also received permission to work at Deir el-Ballas, as the forward capital for the Theban kings during the Hyksos expulsion, Deir el-Ballas is of great archaeological and historic importance, but the site is at extreme risk from both looting and from the uncontrolled expansion of the neighboring modern town. Our fieldwork will dovetail with a grant we received from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications to prepare the results of the original expedition conducted at the site in 1900-1901 by George Andrew Reisner working for the Phoebe A. Hearst Expedition of the University of California.
The new expedition’s work and the publication grant provides an opportunity to revisit and transmit the earlier work which has never seen the light of day. Despite its long neglect, Deir el-Ballas is a particularly important resource for information on the development of urbanism and the state in ancient Egypt at one of the most pivotal points on its history.
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