College of Communication and Fine Arts Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Carol Redmount Lecture April 22, 2013

Tenth Annual "Legacy of Egypt" Lecture

"Ancient Egypt Meets a Modern Revolution:
El-Hibeh and Cultural Heritage Destruction"


carol picDr. Carol Redmount, Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley, will present a free public lecture on the evening of Monday, April 22, 2013.





The events of the Arab Spring have brought many changes in Egypt, including unintended consequences which have impacted Egypt's ancient heritage. Located approximately 90 miles south of Cairo, El-Hibeh was an important town during the first millennium B.C. and was a busy settlement in the Roman and Coptic (Byzantine) periods.  In ancient times it was known for the massive mudbrick walls that protected the city. Today, unfortunately, El-Hibeh is the victim of unauthorized digging with looters destroying the archaeological remains in search of salable artifacts.  

In her presentation, Dr. Redmount will discuss the destruction of archaeological remains at El-Hibeh and other archaeological sites as well as her efforts to protect El-Hibeh.



Lecture: 7:30 PM

Reception:  6:30 PM

Location: Fountain View Suite, Room 350, University Center,

University of Memphis main campus


The lecture and reception are FREE and Open to the public.


Pay parking is available in the Zach Curlin Garage (PG-2 #3 on the parking map) or in the Fogelman Garage (PG-1 #40).

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology of the University of Memphis and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. To learn more about ARCE, click here.



Even before the Arab Spring, El-Hibeh was threatened by encroaching farmlands and a rising water table.  Since the Egyptian revolution, security has lapsed, making the site a special target for thieves.  These scavengers dig throughout the site, exposing subterranean features such as tombs, destroying remains and even leaving ancient human remains scattered about the surface. 

Dr. Redmount will speak about some of the measures which are currently being taken to counteract this destruction in El-Hibeh as well as other sites in Egypt.



Carol Redmount has been the Director of the UC Berkeley archaeological excavations at El-Hibeh since 2001. She has also worked on excavations in Africa, the Middle East, and the United States since 1975.

Redmount received her Ph.D. in Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, a Master's in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. with highest honors in Religion from Oberlin College.  She has been a professor in the Near Eastern Studies Department at UC Berkeley since 1990, and the curator of the Hearst Museum at UC Berkeley since 1998.

For a printable lecture flyer, click on this link:


For more information about El-Hibeh, the looting, and projects being undertaken to preserve this site and others, see:


Save El-Hibeh Egypt Facebook Group


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