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Open-air archaeology classes for Cairo universities


To bring greater visibility to Medinet Madi Archaeological Park

A project announced by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, the ISSEM Substantive Revision Project, the UNDP and the Lazio-region University of Tuscia aims to bring open-air archaeology classes to the major universities of the capital as part of the Visibility Project for the Medinet Madi Archaeological Park, about 100 km south-west of Cairo.

”In addition to lectures at Cairo universities, the project will offer the University of Fayyoum a three-week course for students in the fields of archaeology and conservation, as well as specialized personnel, in order to combine for the first time the profession of park ranger with that of archaeological site ranger,” said Roberto Buongarzone, the Italian project manager.

Trips to the site and a photographic competition entitled ‘A Click for Medinet Madi’ will be part of the project, and Fayyoum governorate schools and universities will also be included in it. Archaeologists and experts from the University of Pisa have worked for years at Medinet Madi (‘The City of the Past’), an archaeological site with the most important monumental remains of the Fayyoum oasis, through a project coordinated by the Egyptologist Edda Bresciani.

The project was made possible by the Italian Development Cooperation’s contribution to the broader program ISSEM, which was started in 2005 and which aims to make the most of the archaeological areas in the zone by promoting socio-economic development and environmental protection.

The Medinet Madi ruins include a large number of monuments, such as the only extant temple of worship of the Middle Kingdom and its texts and sculpted scenes. The discovery was by the Italian archaeologist Achille Vogliano, between 1935 and 1939.

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