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The Oriental Institute Travel Program Presents

Between Heaven & Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt Tour

Led by Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, Exhibit Curator
March 6 – 24, 2014

Download the brochure for the 2014 Egypt Birds Tour

Dear Members and Friends of the Oriental Institute:

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Our latest special exhibit Between Heaven & Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt, gave us an unprecedented glimpse at the importance of these feathered denizens of the sky in the world of ancient Egyptians. I now want to invite you to join the exhibit guest curator, Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, in exploring firsthand the impact of birds on ancient Egyptian culture, while having the opportunity to admire the real–life models that inspired Egyptian craftsmen. Offered for the first time by the Oriental Institute, this tour to Egypt combines a unique historical discovery of the country with an ornithological flavor, which will make this program a wonderful journey not only for art–history aficionados and archaeology buffs, but also for bird watchers. The tour has been specifically timed to coincide with the peak of spring migration, when the myriads of Palearctic birds that winter in sub-Saharan Africa return to their breeding grounds in Europe and Western Asia. In the breath- taking landscape of the Nile Valley, surrounded by the splendors of ancient Egypt, we will have exciting opportunities to observe these splendid species.

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer’s expertise in Egyptology, combined with her knowledge and passion for Egyptian avifauna, will motivate our guests to develop a deep appreciation for Egypt’s cultural and natural heritage. She will be joined by a remarkable team of onsite experts and local birders to give you an experience of a lifetime. Whether you have visited Egypt before or not, this tour will undoubtedly provide you with a new and fresh look on the fascinating world of ancient Egypt.

Gil Stein
Director, Oriental Institute

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer

Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer is a Ph.D. candidate in Egyptology at the University of Chicago, a life-long birder, and, most recently, the curator of the special exhibit Between Heaven & Earth: Birds in Ancient Egypt at the Oriental Institute Museum. After studying chemical engineering in France, as well as Greek and Latin in Vermont, she is now able to combine her passion for birds and her academic interest in Egypt. Her dissertation research tackles the economic impact of birds on Egyptian society, as they were used as offerings for the gods and the dead, and food for the living.

For additional information about the tour, call the Oriental Institute on (773) 834-9777 or email For questions about bookings, call Archaeological Tours at (866) 740-5130 or email To join our e-mail notification list for Oriental Institute Travel Programs, please send your name and e-mail address to

View last year tour photos at our Oriental Institute Facebook page.

Revised: July 9, 2013

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