The largest site from the Pre- and Protodynastic period (3800-3100 B.C.), Hierakonpolis the City of the Hawk is the most important site for understanding the foundations of Egyptian civilization. Here, nearly 400 miles south of Cairo, archaeological investigation over the past century has confirmed this vast site's central role in the transition from prehistory to history.
This season we are running a small field school, with Egyptian and American students, the latter from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We'll be excavating more of the breweries and possibly doing some experimental beer making! After that, we hope to check in on the elite cemetery and the Fort.
From the Field:
Field Note 1 | Field Note 2 | Field Note 3
April 2008-January 2009
Field Note 1 | Field Note 2
December 2006-November 2007
Field Note 1 | Field Note 2 | Field Note 3 | Field Note 4 | Field Note 5 | Field Note 6
The Fort | Adventures Underground | Decorated Tombs
Fixing the Fort
December 2004-April 2005
Follow our stabilization and repair of King Khasekhemwy's Ceremonial Enclosure.
Intro | Part 1: Week 1 | Part 1: Week 2 | Part 1: Week 3 | Part 2
Nubians at Hierakonpolis
What will we find as we investigate the Nubian cemetery?
Intro | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5a | Week 5b
Special Report: New Finds from the Elite Cemetery, by Mark Rose (April 22, 2005)
The Elite Cemetery
When we heard about looting activites at the cemetery, we launched rescue excavations.
Intro | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7
We renewed excavations at the temple, hoping to reveal more about the very dawn of Egyptian civilization.
Intro | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4
Beyond the Trenches:
Meet the international crew of the 2002-2009 Hierakonpolis Expedition.
A Wing and a Prayer
A falcon was our houseguest convalescing after a nasty encounter with the high-tension electrical wires.
What's for Dinner?
Our cook Ali shares some of his secret recipes!
We take over the kitchen and prepare a feast.
Taking a second look at baboons found in earlier years
Exploring evidence for interaction between the Nubian A-Group and predynastic Egypt