Eminent Egyptologist Dr Mark Lehner will be in Vancouver to speak on his latest research.
This talk is sponsored by the Vancouver Chapter of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, AIA Society – Vancouver, and Department of Anthropology.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Campus of the University of British-Columbia
- FREE – SSEA Members & General Public
About the Speaker
Mark Lehner,Ph.D, has directed excavations in and around the Pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx for over thirty years. Together with Dr. Zahi Hawass, Lehner discovered the village of the workmen who constructed the Great Pyramid of King Khufu. His talk will illuminate the lives of the craftsmen and builders responsible for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Dr. Mark Lehner is Director and President of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc. (AERA), an American nonprofit organization, an NGO registered with the Egyptian government as AERA-Egypt. Dr. Lehner has carried out archaeological research in Egypt for over thirty years. From 1979 until 1983 he was the Field Director and then Director of the Sphinx Project sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt. In 1984 Dr. Lehner began the Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP), and he and his team has discovered a workers’ city known as Heit el-Ghurab and a large royal administrative center from the time of the pyramids (ca 2,500 B.C.). Dr. Lehner is author of The Complete Pyramids published in 1997 by Thames and Hudson. His work has appeared in articles in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discover and Archaeology. In this talk, Dr. Lehner will present a fresh and insightful interpretation of the Heit el-Ghurab site at Giza. Far more than a workers’ town, the site and its Gallery Complex belonged to a major Nile port and harbor, with basins, off-loading quays, timber stockpiles, warehouses, and possibly even shipyards.