Virtual - Five Hundred Miles Up the Nile: A Journey Into Modern Ancient Egypt

Tuesday, February 237:00—8:00 PMZoomIndian Valley Public Library100 E. Church Ave, Telford, PA, 18969

Virtual Program

On January 25, 2011 a series of huge public protests began in Cairo’s historic Tahrir Square.  In less that a week, the protests spread to cities throughout Egypt, growing quickly into a popular revolution that resulted in the resignation of Egypt’s President of over 30 years, Hosni Mubarak, on February 11.  Only five weeks later, on March 24, I left Philadelphia for Egypt as the professional guide for a group of intrepid friends, including two children.  This photographic essay takes the audience along with us on our extraordinary14-day journey through post-revolution Egypt, from Abu Simbel to Old Cairo, from the Temple of Philae to the Pyramids of Giza.  We were among the very first tourists to return to Egypt following the revolution - this lecture takes you not only on a virtual tour, it reveals that not everything we read in newspapers, or see on TV, reflects the reality of a distant land.

About the presenter:  Stephen R. Phillips, Ph.D., is the Curatorial Research Coordinator in the Egyptian Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  Dr. Phillips earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in the fields of biological anthropology, archaeology, and Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is listed with the Register of Professional Archaeologists.

He has traveled extensively and participated in a wide range of archaeological excavations for more than 25 years, including fieldwork at Petra, Jordan; near Bordeaux in southwestern France; and in Egypt - at the Great Pyramids and at Saqqara.

He is the Archaeological Site Supervisor and Biological Anthropologist for the Cairo University-Brown University Expedition in the Great Western Cemetery at Giza.  He is also a professional guide for American tour groups to Egypt.

Dr. Phillips specializes in the study of human origins, human skeletal biology, ancient Egyptian mummies and mummification, archaeology and Egyptology. 


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