January 3, 2017

The Origins of Two Provincial Capitals in Upper Egypt: The Two Sister-Sites of Tell Edfu and Dendara

Nadine Moeller and Gregory Marouard
Oriental Institute

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016
7:00 PM
Breasted Hall
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The ongoing fieldwork at Tell Edfu has recently focused on the excavation of a settlement quarter dating to the 3rd millennium BCE which pushes back the origins of the town of Edfu to the 4th Dynasty (ca. 2550 BCE). The newest addition to the Oriental Institute’s fieldwork program in Egypt, at the ancient provincial capital of Dendara, has also led to new insights into the oldest settlement remains and the original foundation of this city. This lecture provides an overview of the most recent results from both sites offering a comparative perspective on the long-term development of early urban centers in southern Egypt.