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Photo submitted At the southernmost point of the Heit el-Ghurab site, left to right, National Geographic senior archaeologist Fred Hiebert; Daniel Jones, AERA Senior Archaeologist; and Mark Lehner discuss an opening in a wall surrounding a large enclosure that was probably a stockyard to feed the city. The pyramids of Khafre, left, and Khufu are visible in the background. This photo was taken last spring.

World-renowned Egyptologist and North Dakota native Mark Lehner will examine two pyramid temples in Giza, Egypt during the next season of his work there.

Lehner, who has studied and conducted excavations in Egypt for four decades, is director and president of Ancient Egypt Research Associates Inc. (AERA), a Boston-based nonprofit he co-founded. He divides his time between living in Giza, Egypt, and the Boston area.

“During the next working season in Giza, between September and April, we will examine two pyramid temples in Giza, the upper temple of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, with Zahi Hawass (Egyptian archaeologist) and supported by a grant from the Le Fonds American Center for Research in Egypt (ARCE) Antiquities Endowment (AEF) and Valley Temple of Menkaure (the lower temple of the Third Pyramid of Giza), said Lehner.

“We will then turn to the excavation of a large royal building, part of an ancient pyramid-like city-palace, in our flagship site, Heit el-Ghurab (“crow wall“in Arabic), where we found the lost city of the pyramids”, he added.

Lehner was born in Fargo, went to elementary school in Jamestown, and graduated from Minot High School. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo and a Ph.D. in Egyptology from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

He makes periodic trips to Magic City to visit family and friends, and gave presentations about his work while there.

Earlier this year, a new book co-authored by Lehner with another renowned Egyptologist was published.

“The Red Sea Scrolls” is written by world renowned Egyptologist Pierre Tallet in close collaboration with Lehner. Tallet did pioneering fieldwork on the Red Sea coast of Egypt. He founded the Papyrus Archive in 2013 in Wadi el-Jarf on the west coast of the Red Sea.

Lehner said he contributed about 30% of the book.

“This book is about the astonishing discovery of the Wadi el-Jarf papyri, including Merer’s Diary, the actual logbook of one of the directors of a team working on the construction of the Great Pyramid, and how the information from this source relates to what we found in our archeology at Giza,” said Lehner.

According to a review of the book published in the January edition of the journal Science, the book is an elegantly illustrated historical book and the first to reveal how the raw materials used in the construction of the Great Pyramid were transported to Giza via the ports. Egyptians during the reigns. of Sneferu and his son Khufu.

Lehner was also recently featured in The New York Times. Published in the July 4 edition, the story, titled “A refreshing look at the ancient pyramids of Egypt”, was part of the publication “The World Through a Lens” series.



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