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LECTURE: At the Western Frontier of Landscape Archaeology in the Nile Delta

LECTURE: At the Western Frontier of Landscape Archaeology in the Nile Delta

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LECTURE: At the Western Frontier of Landscape Archaeology in the Nile Delta

Date: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 7:00pm

Chapter: Atlanta, Georgia. This is an Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) event.

Speaker: Joshua Trampier

Location: Emory University, White Hall Room 110, 301 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

Parking is available at the Oxford Road Parking Deck 1390 Oxford Road Atlanta, GA 30322.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Cynthia Schwenk at cschwenk@gsu.edu, or call 404-876-1106

Description: Previous scholars have commented that the Nile Delta suffers from a lack of interest inversely proportional to the contributions it can offer to an authoritative narrative of Egyptian culture. In particular the Delta suffers from a lack of landscape-focused, archaeological survey such as has matured in Mediterranean archaeology in recent decades. Nevertheless, investigating long-term patterns of regional habitation in the Delta has become equally as vital as quantifying the actively destructive forces that are rapidly destroying its archaeological contexts. A recent subproject of the University of Durham Mission to Sa el-Hagar, the Western Delta Landscape Project, has integrated analyses of remote sensing imagery, historical cartography, ceramics, and geomorphological data to investigate the settlement history and the paleo-environment of the western Delta. Linear traces of several previously unknown minor Nile branches southwest of the Canopic branch were tested and confirmed by drill auguring in transects that crossed the channel and adjacent sites. By means of several non-destructive methods of analysis, this study has shed new light on the archaeology for this little understood borderland during the New Kingdom to late antique periods (1250 B.C.E. – 600 C.E.).

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