End of Spring Semester

April 26, 2009

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Some of the spring semester 2009 crew at the Giza Archives offices, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

As the trees and flowers bloom in Boston after a long winter, the ritual of winding down the teaching semester begins. What does this mean for work at the Giza Archives? Many of the dedicated undergraduate and graduate student helpers will soon be departing for other cities, archaeological digs, or other summer work. Each year we try to focus Tufts University Giza seminar students on a major archiving goal. A few semesters ago, it was scanning all 4,000 pages of Arabic Expedition Diary books recently discovered in Cairo. This spring the crew expanded the Giza Digital Library, proofing, reading, and linking scholarly books and articles to the appropriate tombs, objects, photos, and people in the database. The fruits of their labors are available on our main Giza Library page.

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More than 450 people have contributed their time and expertise to the Giza Archives work since we began many years ago.

I would like to thank this year’s crop of talented students for their hard work on making so many aspects of Giza scholarship available to the world community. As these students disappear for the summer months, we are extremely fortunate to fill their places with our summer staff. During May through August, we’ll continue to process 5,000 line drawings of Giza tomb wall scenes and inscriptions, thousands of pages of “Packing lists” detailing the shipping arrangements of excavated objects to Cairo and to Boston, and we’ll expand our Visual Search pages with hundreds of additional 360-degree interactive panoramas. Translations of the Arabic Expedition Diaries, prepared by Dr. Ramadan Hussein, newly appointed Director of the Documentation Centre of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, are also continuing. 3D modeling of the Giza tombs and experiments with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are also in the works.

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