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‘Familiarisation’ tour for UK students

In March and April 2016 the Society conducted a first ‘familiarisation’ tour of Egypt for students of Egyptology.

L-R: Laura Dewsbury, Essam Nagy, Ellie Jones, Brandi Hill and Mohamed Youssef Aly, 2014 EES Scholar and Ministry of Antiquities Director of the Dahshur and Lisht Inspectorates

The tour was designed as an introduction to professional Egyptology for UK-based postgraduate students and three fully- funded places were awarded following an open competition to Laura Dewsbury (University of Birmingham), Brandi Hill (Swansea) and Ellie Jones (Oxford) in October 2015.The tour provided them with the opportunity both to visit Egypt and, more importantly, to acquaint themselves with the key people and institutions in the subject through a programme of visits to a variety of archaeological sites, museums and universities. In all cases the students were accompanied by Egyptian officials working at the sites, as well as the Society’s Fieldwork and Engagement Manager for Egypt, Essam Nagy.

Dr Penny Wilson leads the students on a tour of the archaeological site of Tell Mutubis

Thanks are due to Cairo Fellow, Melanie Pitkin for her work in formulating the itinerary for the tour, and to Essam Nagy, who completed preparations after Melanie’s time in Cairo had come to an end, and escorted the students throughout the trip, ensuring that they received the best and most Egyptian experience possible!

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