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July 11, 2019 – An Open Night – All are Welcome

Bryan Kraemer
Putting the Lost Forts of the Senwosrets on the Map  

July 11 – Bryan Kraemer
Putting the Lost Forts of the Senwosrets on the Map

Ironically known to history as a passive period, Egypt’s Middle Kingdom propagated a massive military campaign to conquer their neighbors to the south, in ancient region of Nubia. As part of this campaign, a series of fortresses were built on a massive scale.

Much of this fort-building is due to two of Egypt’s most renowned warrior kings, Senwosret I and III.

Head of a Colossal Statue of Senwosret III,ca. 1878-1840 B.C.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri.
The remains of many of these forts once watched as sentinels over the Nile until 1969, when they were finally destroyed by the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Yet seven forts have survived nearly intact by being lost in the remotest parts of the Eastern Desert. Since 2014, the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition has been studying these forts and working to put them on the map.
They have been engaged in a race against time to record these forts before the modern world can destroy them.  While this task of mapping is fraught with trials and tribulations, Bryan has brought new technologies to bear in making a record of these monuments quickly, accurately, and in three dimensions. 

The task is worth the effort, since the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition rediscovers lost sites, including newly discovered forts, in every season it returns to the desert.
Bryan Kraemer:
Bryan is a Ph.D. candidate in Egyptology at the University of Chicago. He works in the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at California State University, San Bernardino, putting together a catalogue of their collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. He has twenty years of experience working in archaeology in Egypt and elsewhere, and currently is a co-director of the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition to Egypt’s Eastern Desert.
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