Join Gregory Marouard, Research Associate in Egyptian Archaeology at the Oriental Institute of the Univeristy of Chicago for New discoveries at Wadi el-Jarf: The harbor of King Khufu on the Egyptian Red Sea Coast.
Since 2011, a joint team of Paris La Sorbonne University and the French Institute in Cairo made the extraordinary discovery of an important harbor complex at Wadi el-Jarf along the Egyptian coast of the Red Sea. Exclusively occupied during the Old Kingdom, this site can now be considered as the oldest harbor in the world. It was used as a departure point to the Sinai Peninsula on the way to the regions of Serabit el-Khadim and Wadi Maghara, the principal mining areas for copper and turquoise during the Pharaonic times. This lecture will focus on the latest results and discoveries at this site and demonstrate the complex and extensive logistical organization of the Egyptian seafaring expeditions since the middle of the third millennium BC.
Come early and take a docent-led tour of the museum galleries at 6:30 pm. No reservation necessary. Please meet in the museum lobby.
Questions? Contact the Oriental Institute Membership Office at 773-834-9777 or visit oi.uchicago.edu/getinvolved