London Lecture: Saladin didn't destroy the pyramids, he destroyed Heliopolis! New archaeological & historical discoveries on the fortifications of Cairo.
Type: Education - Lecture
Time and Place
Start Time: Thursday, 6th April 2017, 6:30 pm
End Time: Thursday, 6th April 2017, 7:30 pm
Location: The Egypt Exploration Society
Street: 3 Doughty Mews
City/Town: London WC1N 2PG
Phone: +44 (0)20 7242 1880
Saladin didn't destroy the pyramids, he destroyed Heliopolis! New archaeological and historical discoveries on the fortifications of Cairo.
Dr Stephane Pradines, Aga Khan University.
In 1998, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture decided to create a huge panoramic park in the heart of Islamic Cairo. During the earthworks, a medieval wall was discovered.
A project to conserve and restore the monument was initiated immediately by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Ministry of Egyptian Antiquities.
Alongside this project a scientific cooperation was established with the French Institute of Archaeology (IFAO) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study this unique piece of Islamic military architecture.
The excavations were directed by Stephane Pradines as part of a broader project of heritage conservation, and the creation of an archaeological park and field school for Egyptian students.
The archaeological mission rewrites the history of Cairo through the study of its medieval fortifications. Recent discoveries have highlighted unknown Fatimid and Ayyubid town walls.
Some of these fortifications were made of limestone, others of mud bricks, and for the oldest, from compacted earth.
Finally the medieval walls were reused by Napoleon in 1798-1801 to protect the city against the British and Ottoman troops.