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Project information

Excavation Fund Appeal 2011/12 - Egypt

To support our expert teams to carry out ground-breaking archaeological fieldwork in the Nile Delta and Valley. The high water table, caused in part by climate change, is causing environmental changes throughout Egypt and impacting on the archaeological sites, making our work a race against time.

September 2011 - April 2013

Charity information: The Egypt Exploration Society

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  • Need


    The archaeological sites in Egypt are at risk and our teams of professional volunteer archaeologists work closely with the Egyptian authorities and other international field teams to help safeguard the future of a number of ancient sites across the Nile Delta and Valley. This really is a race against time, if left unrecorded, many of these ancient sites will simply disappear, a disaster for future generations of enthusiasts, historians and scholars alike.


    At such an important time in Egyptian history, the Egypt Exploration Society is well placed to undertake cutting-edge research and to support young Egyptian students who wish to work in the field. We increasingly set up Field Schools which train young Egyptian students during our 'digging seasons'. The Excavation Fund will support future seasons of fieldwork in the Egypt and as many Field Schools as capacity allows.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    The Excavation Fund will support archaeological fieldwork projects in Egypt during 2012-13.


    » The Fieldwork itself will be undertaken by expert teams of archaeologists, largely unpaid, who spend 4-6 weeks on several sites.
    » The field schools are of increasing importance to us, allowing us to train young Egyptians who have a desire to work in the field of archaeology.

    What success will look like

    Success will be undertaking at least two fieldwork seasons in Egypt and setting up at least one field school to train a minimum of 12 young Egyptians.

  • Impact


    The fieldwork will contribute to the study of Egyptian heritage, history and culture. The research will be published in the UK and used widely, reaching an audience of both specialists and enthusiasts worldwide. Developing the Field Schools will result in dozens of young Egyptian students accessing training, enabling them to work with experts in the field of archaeology.


    The political situation in Egypt is a major consideration, however our strong reputation has enabled us to work with each government of the past, and we look forward to working in Egypt in the years to come. The links and expertise that we have developed since 1882 ensures that we are best placed to meet the challenges of a changing environment.


    We maintain a strong connection with our supporters and make contact with them via our e-newsletter, magazine, email, website, phone and where possible via events and in person. We rely on the kindness of our supporters and make every effort to update them with developments in the field.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Fieldwork Two digging seasons in Egypt
      £10,000 Field School To train Egyptian students in the field.
  • Background


    The sites of our excavations in Egypt are varied. They range from Tell Basta in the Delta town of Zagazig, to cutting-edge work across the landscape around Luxor in Upper Egypt. The Excavation Fund will provide money to the archaeological sites that most need it, and that will have maximum impact.


    We act as a hub for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn about ancient Egypt. We attract students from many disciplines as well as enthusiasts who are captivated by Egypt's history. In addition, we have ambitions to work more with Egyptian student communities via our Field Schools, which will support people who wish to work in the archaeological field in Egypt.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the main UK-based organisation with a remit to carry out fieldwork in Egypt and to publish the results. We have a strong history of working in Egypt which spans almost 130 years and we maintain excellent working relationships with the Egyptian authorities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Patricia Spencer (And The EES Research Committee).

    As Director of the EES, Dr Spencer will be instrumental in ensuring the success of the Excavation Fund.

Tell Basta excavation site, with Zagazig beyond.

Tell Basta excavation site, with Zagazig beyond.


Will help to purchase tools for our expert teams.

I'm impressed by the quality and newness of what you're doing - and by its importance

Her Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Mr James Watt, CVO