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Departing March 12, 2009

Egypt and The East
Egypt’s Eastern Desert and the Sinai Peninsula
with an optional extension to Aqaba and Petra, Jordan

Escorted by Dr. Robert Ritner

This one of a kind journey through Egypt’s wilderness leads us to some of the most rarely seen sights between the Nile Delta & the Red Sea. From early petroglyphs to major Middle Kingdom architecture to early Christian sites, we will examine the eastern edge of Egypt, & the ancient kingdom’s relationship with its eastern neighbors.

Planned site visits include Buto, Mendes, Tanis, Avaris, the pilgrimage site of Wadi Feiran and the historic battle site of Peluisium, along with the Monasteries of St. Paul, St. George and St. Catherine.

Optional Jordan extension to Oriental Institute excavation site in Aqaba, and the fantastic treasury of Petra. Return travel includes a day in Amman.

Click here for detailed itinerary and registration information or contact Sarah Sapperstein, Membership Coordinator, at 773-834-9777 or oi-membership@uchicago.edu.

Revised: March 3, 2009

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