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Dr. James Hoffmeier Will Discuss Egyptian Excavations Sept. 15
For release: Sept. 6, 2006
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The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis will host a lecture by Dr. James K. Hoffmeier, professor of Near Eastern History and Archaeology at Trinity International University and director of the Tell el-Borg Project. Hoffmeier will deliver an illustrated lecture on "Recent Excavations in North Sinai: Tell el-Borg 2005-2006" at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Mitchell Hall Auditorium.

A 6:30 p.m. reception will precede the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Hoffmeier will discuss recent archaeological discoveries made at the strategic site of Tell el-Borg in North Sinai. One of the objectives of the Tell el-Borg is to reconstruct Egypt's frontier defense system during the New Kingdom, including ongoing investigation of the East Frontier Canal. Tell el-Borg's strategic location on the military highway that connected Egypt to ancient Canaan, known as the "Ways of Horus," makes this site of particular interest not only to scholars, but also to those members of the general public interested in cultural interactions between Egypt and Israel in ancient times. Excavations at Tell el-borg began in 1999; six excavations have been held.

Hoffmeier was born in Egypt, where he lived until he was 16. A graduate of Wheaton College, he earned his master's degree in Egyptian archaeology from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. degree in Hebrew and Old Testament from Wycliffe College in Toronto.

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