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& the Eastern Desert Survey
& the Eastern Desert Survey
Scientific Expedition to the ancient Red Sea port of Berenike and the Egyptian Eastern Desert

The Berenike Project

Founder & Co-Director: Dr. Steven Sidebotham, University of Delaware, USA

Co-Director: Iwona Zych, University of Warsaw, Poland

The Mission

The Berenike Project is a scientific mission to excavate, document, analyse and preserve the Graeco-Roman port of Berenike on the coast of the Red Sea and the archaeological remains of the Eastern Desert of Egypt. Berenike functioned from the 3rd century BC to the 6th century AD. Originally founded by Ptolemy II Philadelphus and named after his mother, Berenike was central to the elephant hunting expeditions of the Ptolemy dynasty along the east coast of Africa, and then later to the global Roman trade network that connected the ancient Mediterranean world to the Indian Ocean.

The Mission brings together an international team of scholars, scientists and experts from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa who travel to this remote edge of the world to expand our knowledge of the past and explore new methods in science and technology for research.

The Eastern Desert Survey:
Co-Director and Mission Director of Media & Technology: Jean-Louis Rivard, Canada, MicroPublica

The Eastern Desert Survey focuses on the ancient mines, quarries, military outposts, watering stations, and settlements between Berenike and the Nile Valley, together with the network of ancient roads that crossed this harsh and forbidding region. This remote expanse of mountainous desert was exploited for its geological wealth in antiquity and strategic position in ancient trade.

Project Sponsors

Since 1994, The Berenike Project has been sponsored by a variety of public and private institutions and agencies. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to support the Mission - funding for scientific research is always a priority and an on-going effort, and your help would be invaluable. In 2013/2014 we began a series of digital initiatives to provide an innovative return for your support!

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