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Archaeological Sites in Egypt

Several pages have been dedicated to single monuments or archaeogical sites in the Nile Valley. Here's a sample.

Bent Pyramid
The Bent Pyramid is one of the Old Kingdom Pyramids at Giza, Egypt; built in the 4th Dynasty, 2680-2565 B.C. by that wizard of architects, Imhotep.

A Glass Making Workshop for Ramses the Great
Excavations at the New Kingdom Egyptian capital of Piramesses have identified an early glass making workshop, built under and no doubt for the use of the glass artisans in the court of Ramesses II.

Lisht, Egypt
A brief description of the Middle Kingdom pyramids at Lisht

Abu Ghurab
Abu Ghurab is a 5th dynasty (Old Kingdom, 2465-2323 BC) Egyptian pyramid and solar temple complex on the Saqqara plateau.

Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel is a temple built by Ramesses II (Pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty of the New Kingdom, who ruled 1279-1213 BC) in Nubia, now part of Egypt.

Abydos is an Early Dynastic city and necropolis in Egypt, built ca 3150 BC by Seti I and sacred to Osiris.

The modern town of Alexandria, Egypt, was the capital city of the Ptolemaic dynasties of Egypt.

Amarna is the modern name given to the capital city of Akhetaten, the heretic pharaoh of the 18th Egyptian dynasty Akhenaten, built about 1350 BC and abandoned at his death 20 years later.

Dashur North
Archaeological investigations at Waseda University of this New Kingdom tomb-chapel; the site includes VRML and Quicktime movies of the reconstructed structures. English and Japanese.

Hierakonpolis Online
The "City of the Hawk," Hierankonpolis was built during the predynastic period. This web site includes information on the archaeological work at the site.

Deir el-Medina
Deir el-Medina is a New Kingdom (18th dynasty) residential village of the workmen who built and decorated Egyptian tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Deir el Bahri
Queen Hatshepsut's lovely temple, built during the 18th dynasty, 1st and 2nd millenia BC, Egypt.

Giza Pyramids
The Pyramids of Giza consist of three Old Kingdom burial structures and the Sphinx, all built during the 4th dynasty of ancient Egypt.

Oxyrhynchus, or Waste Paper City; a beautiful exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum, of the site where the town dumps preserved over 50,000 fragments of papyrus, everything from shopping lists to great works of literature.

Saqqara Online
From Leiden University, detailed information on the New Kingdom necropolis of Saqqara.

Pyramid Texts of Saqqara
The pyramid texts are among the oldest religious writings in the world, found carved on the walls of the Egyptian tombs at Saqqara, and likely dated to the late 5th or early 6th dynasty (about 2435 BC).

The Ramesseum is a massive temple built by the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II during his New Kingdom reign (1279-1213 BC).

Ras Budran
Ras Budran is the name of an Old Kingdom fort, located in the el-Markha Plain on the west coast of the South Sinai peninsula.

American-Dutch research in the Egyptian Eastern Desert have included among other things, excavations in Sikait, the only large-scale emerald mine of the Roman empire, and potentially used as early as the Ptolemaic period as well.

Saqqara Plateau
The Saqqara plateau is a flat desert landform close to the modern town of Saqqara, Egypt, used by Egyptian pharaohs since the 2nd Dynasty.

Serabit el-Khadem
The archaeological site of Serabit el-Khadem is on the Sinai peninsula, on a small plateau north of the modern town of al-Tor.

The Tomb of Iufaa (Abusir)
A news report from Archaeology magazine, discussing investigations into a 6th century BC tomb at Abusir, by the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Charles University in Prague directed by Miroslav Verner.

The ancient Egyptian sculpture called The Sphinx is located on the Giza plateau, and was probably carved at the request of the 4th dynasty pharaoh Khafre (or Cheops).

Step Pyramid of Djoser (Egypt)
The Step Pyramid of Djoser was one of the earliest of the pyramids built in Egypt, during the Old Kingdom's 3rd Dynasty about 2800 BC.

The Tomb of Senefferi at Luxor
From Nigel Strudwick, reports on the ongoing excavation of the tomb of Senneferi, one of the engineers of the many tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Tom Van Eynde of the Oriental Institute has provided some breath-taking photographs of the ancient city of Thebes to the University of Chicago's server.

The Egyptian Middle and New Kingdom capital of Thebes, in the modern town of Luxor Egypt, was first occupied during the Old Kingdom.

Tutankhamun's Tomb (Egypt)
The archaeological site of Tutankhamun's Tomb must surely be one of the most famous burials on the planet.

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