Mark Lehner

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mark Lehner is director and president of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc. (AERA), an American non-profit organization and an NGO registered with the Egyptian government. Mark’s work in Egypt spans 40 years.

In 1984, Mark began the Giza Plateau Mapping Project to understand how the pyramid builders organized and changed this landscape. He completed a Ph.D. at Yale University and began a tenure track faculty position at the University of Chicago. But in the mid-90s, Mark left his tenure track job to return to Egypt and save the “Lost City of the Pyramid Builders” from dire threat of urban expansion. To carry on this mission, Mark developed the non-profit, Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA).

AERA grew into one of the largest missions in Egyptian archaeology, with its own research center two blocks from the entrance to the Giza Pyramids Plateau. Between 1999 and today AERA archaeologists have salvaged 10 acres of the “Lost City of the Pyramids.” This proto-city housed the pyramid builders and served as the major Nile port of its time, 4,500 years ago. The teams excavated workers’ barracks, granaries, bakeries, scribal offices, cattle corrals, and a harbor.

While finding the pyramid lost city, Mark and his AERA team deployed for ARCE an archaeological field school for young Egyptian archaeologists working for Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities at the world heritage sites of Giza, Luxor and Memphis.

Mark and AERA’s work have been featured in National Geographic, Discover, Archaeology, New Yorker, and Smithsonian articles, and documentaries by National Geographic’s Explorer, Discovery, BBC, and NOVA. Most recently, AERA was featured in NOVA’s “Decoding the Great Pyramids,” which premiered on Feb. 6, 2019, and explored the discovery and translation of the oldest papyrus documents ever found, revealing new clues about the construction of Khufu’s Great Pyramid. AERA was also featured last Spring on CNN’s Inside Africa.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Members $85 / Non-Members $95 

10:30 am Mimosas
11:00 am Lecture
12:00 pm Lunch

 

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Mark Lehner

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mark Lehner is director and president of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc. (AERA), an American non-profit organization and an NGO registered with the Egyptian government. Mark’s work in Egypt spans 40 years.

In 1984, Mark began the Giza Plateau Mapping Project to understand how the pyramid builders organized and changed this landscape. He completed a Ph.D. at Yale University and began a tenure track faculty position at the University of Chicago. But in the mid-90s, Mark left his tenure track job to return to Egypt and save the “Lost City of the Pyramid Builders” from dire threat of urban expansion.  To carry on this mission, Mark developed the non-profit, Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA).