The Epigraphic Survey in Luxor: Change and Challenges in the Nile Valley

June 3, 2009
7:00 pm, Breasted Hall
W. Raymond Johnson, Director, Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute

In response to rapidly changing conditions in Egypt, the Oriental Institutes' Epigraphic Survey is engaged in a race against time to document, publish, and conserve the inscribed wall surfaces of some of the most famous monuments of the ancient world. With the rising water table, increased pollution, urban expansion, and agricultural encroachment threatening these priceless vestiges of the past, Director Ray Johnson and his team of archaeologists, Egyptologists, conservators, artists, and photographers are at the forefront of scholarly documentation and conservation efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of ancient Luxor. This presentation will focus on the recently completed 2008-2009 season, the expanded documentation and conservation activities of the Epigraphic Survey in Luxor, and will include a report on the changing landscape of Luxor City, currently in the throws of a massive urban renewal project.

This event is free, open to the public, with reception to follow. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.