Since our founding in 1882, the Egypt Exploration Society has dedicated itself to the scientific investigation and recording of Egyptian heritage. Today we run an extensive programme of fieldwork as well as providing educational training events for students and scholars.

Egyptological fieldwork can tackle a variety of research questions. At the EES we support fieldwork projects that consider the following lines of enquiry. This scientific programme defines our research goals and will be in place from 2018-22, after which it will be reviewed.  The following themes are covered by the programme:

Ancient environments and climate change

We understand landscapes to provide the backdrop for all lived experience and Egypt’s Nile valley provides one of the most ecologically unique areas on the planet, preserving thousands of years of history. The geoarchaeological reconstruction of Nilotic environments and their impact on cultural and political change in Egypt is of particular interest. Topics covered under this theme include:

  • Paleoenvironmental analysis
  • Geomorphological development
  • Geospatial investigation
  • Geological examination
  • Ecological relationships
  • Climate change
  • Flora and fauna (archaeobotany and archaeozoology)
  • Human activity, migration, and population levels
  • Egypt’s wider context in north-east Africa, the Mediterranean, and Near East

Cultural landscapes:

Space, place and social experience

Projects aiming to holistically understand urban landscapes in Ancient Egypt have been a long-standing tradition of UK Egyptological research and we are keen to continue to promote this. Applying multidisciplinary approaches to the investigation of domestic or communal spaces, as well as wider hinterlands is encouraged. The study of cultural landscapes can include, but is not limited to, the investigation of funerary and religious beliefs in Egypt, language, literature, and art. Topics covered under this theme include:

  • Cultural studies
  • Micro-macro scales of investigation in urban/rural/hinterland studies
  • Settlement archaeology
  • Building techniques and architecture
  • Anthropological and sociological investigation
  • Funerary monuments and beliefs
  • Examination of temple remains, religiosity, and personal beliefs
  • Phenomenological study of landscapes
  • Texts and translations

These lines of enquiry are intended as a guide only and we expect that most projects will fulfill a number of points listed above. The Egypt Exploration Society expects all projects operating under the framework of our scientific programme to focus also on local community engagement, heritage management and preservation, and training. Dissemination of the results of fieldwork analysis is crucial and we provide a number of opportunities for this (see our publications and events listings).