The lecture will explore the archaeological and cultural legacy of the Nile Delta from the Prehistoric to modern times. It is based on an analysis of the excavations, survey work, representational and documentary evidence from and about the Delta looking at the trajectory of settlement patterns and resource management in order to explore the cultural difference of Lower Egypt to Upper Egypt and the character of the region in ancient and modern times. Dynamic and diverse — the unique Nile Delta played a vital part in Egypt’s cultural and political development, a truly different complement to the region of the Valley to the south.
Penelope Wilson is Associate Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. She has been the Director of the EES Delta Survey Project since 2018, and is also the Project Director of the joint EES/Durham University archaeological mission at Sais in the western Delta. She also sits on the EES Board of Trustees.
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