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University Enterprises, Inc. (Sacramento, CA 95819-2694)
Nikolaos Lazaridis (Project Director: January 2014 to June 2016)
Salima Ikram (Co Project Director: January 2014 to June 2016)
Ancient Travelers' Inscriptions from Kharga Oasis, Egypt

Work toward publication of eighty-four inscriptions that were carved between 2000 BC and 400 AD on the surface of sandstone rocks, located along routes connecting the Egyptian western desert to the Nile Valley and North Sudan. (12 months)

The project aims at publishing 84 ancient inscriptions that have been discovered in the Egyptian western desert by the North Kharga Oasis Survey team. The inscriptions under study were carved between 2000 BC and 400 AD on the surface of 15 sandstone rocks, situated along a well-trodden network of desert routes that during that period connected the Egyptian desert oases to the Nile Valley and North Sudan. By making available for the first time these previously unrecorded rock inscriptions to both scholarly and lay audiences, this project contributes greatly to the study of ancient travel practices and to the understanding of the ways in which ancient cultures experienced and utilized hostile desert environments, like that in Kharga Oasis. In addition, the recording and study of these inscriptions are very important as they salvage antiquities whose very existence has for a long time been under the threat of destruction by harsh environmental conditions and illicit human activity.

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Project fields:
Ancient History; Ancient Languages; Near and Middle Eastern Languages

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

$109,557 (approved)
$107,792 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2014 – 12/31/2015