EES Survey of Memphis
Nile Valley landscapes and ecological change
The Survey of Memphis was initiated in 1982 to mark the centenary of the Egyptian Exploration Society (EES) and is directed by David Jeffreys. The Memphis Survey is currently involved with rigorous field testing of the geoarchaeological modelling undertaken in the Cairo region (published by Katy Lutley and Judith Bunbury, in preliminary form in Egyptian Archaeology 32 and discussed by David Jeffreys in the same issue).
The Egypt Exploration Society plans to run, in conjunction with Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA), a Memphis archaeological field school in autumn 2011. The school will build on the work and experience of the highly successful AERA Giza field school which has been running for a number of years. It will involve the training of young Egyptian archaeologists and inspectors of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA), now the Ministry of Antiquities (MoA) after recent events in Egypt.
The site selected (with SCA approval) follows on from the recent EES work on environmental change (especially Saharan desertification, sand invasion of the Nile Valley and river movement).
The training programme involves archaeological field techniques (site assessment and survey, GPS, sediment coring, geophysics, excavation and artefact recording, site management and conservation) as well as site- and region-specific sessions dealing with landscape issues.
- Interim reports in Egyptian Archaeology and Journal of Egyptian Archaeology
- Aeragram and Giza Reports
- EES fieldwork website
- Daily on-site reports on Twitter (subject to MoA approval)
- Judith Bunbury (Cambridge)
- Angus Graham (UCL)
- Mark Lehner (AERA)
- Mohsin Kemal (AERA)
- Ana Tavares (AERA)