Saturday, November 21: In the morning, we met Ray Johnson, the tireless director of Chicago House, for a fascinating tour of Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Ramses III. Ray pointed out all the interesting work going on around the temple, including the block yard where conservators are preserving blocks and trying to make joins between now separated pieces. The main temple was built by Ramses III, but we also toured the 18th Dynasty small temple and passed briefly over the tombs of the God's Wives of Amun. Houses from later settlement can still be seen following the remains of the enclosure wall. You can download the Oriental Institute Epigraphic Survey publications concerning Medinet Habu for FREE online. See the links listed here. It was a great way to start a morning!
Court with Osiride Statues
Ray Johnson explaining ongoing work at Medinet Habu
OI Splendors of the Nile is a photographic and textual complement to the Oriental Institute's Splendors of the Nile program escorted by Dr. Nadine Moeller.
This trip is a great introduction to Egypt and a treat for anyone who wants to see Egypt through the eyes of a Nile traveler. We will experience many of the famous landmarks of Egyptian history as well as exclusive site visits and on-site learning.
Oriental Institute Travel Programs provide exclusive visits and on-site learning privileges not enjoyed by other institutions and travel groups. Participants learn directly from some of the most eminent archaeologists and scholars in the world, at sites the OI has been excavating and researching for almost a century. For more information on Oriental Institute Travel Programs including future departures for 2010, visit the Travel Programs website or contact the OI Membership Office.