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EXCURSION: Karanis with Dr. Willeke Wendrich

EXCURSION: Karanis with Dr. Willeke Wendrich

EXCURSION: Karanis with Dr. Willeke Wendrich

Saturday October 31, 2009, 8:00 a.m. departure by bus

Description: Visitors to the site of ancient Karanis in the Fayum Oasis may leave the site under impressed or quite bewildered. Few realize that a gaping hole is all that remains of the town’s center. This giant hole was created in the early 20th century by “sebakhin” who removed the mud brick structures and organic deposits on an industrial scale in order to fertilize their fields. Their work was only halted in the 1920’s when archaeologists from the University of Michigan began excavating the site. Their work revealed several impressive mudbrick buildings, but, because the buildings date from many different time periods, visitors have difficulty comprehending the site. In response to a need make the site accessible to visitors while protecting it, a team of international specialists led by the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is conducting a site management project financed by ARCE’s Antiquities Endowment Fund. Another initiative under development at UCLA is the creation of a Virtual Reality model of the site. This model makes use of the University of Michigan’s archaeological reports as well as invaluable information on the industrial and agricultural activities at Karanis that was discovered during recent excavations at the site.

ARCE’s trip to Karanis will provide a detailed introduction to the different aspects of the ongoing research and conservation efforts at the site. You will also see a presentation which includes scenes from the Virtual Reality  model which brings the site to life.

Come and see Karanis the way you never have before!

Cost: 200 LE members, 250 LE non-members.

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