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January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012: Back on the Giza Plateau and the Egyptian Museum I have visited the Pyramids in Egypt scores of times, but I must admit I never saw so few people. The events in Egypt have clearly discouraged tourists, but despite this important misfortune to the Egyptian economy, it is truly a time for shopping bargains and all of the significant sites to be easily visited without having to wade through huge crowds that had long been the norm making visits to sites as a sometimes logistic nightmare amongst polyglot guides, trying to find your tourist bus and make your purchases. Honestly, this is the time to go to Egypt. Still no reports of injuries or incidents to tourists, but, as always, it is better to traveled escorted with... Read More
January 23, 2012
Thursday January 12 2012: Getting Ready to Leave for Egypt…. Again I first landed in Egypt in 1964 on my way to Tanzania and again in 1970 on my way to do my doctoral research on Sudanese Nubians. In graduate school, I took courses on archaeological theory and methods. Then, while living in Cairo and working at the American University in Cairo from 1982-84 I became more focused on ancient Egypt and started formal study of Egyptology, and often visited archaeological sites on holidays and weekends. I began to lead tours in the1980’s and, with a few breaks here and there, I have been doing this once or twice a year for three decades. I was leading two tours in January and February 2011 as the Egyptian revolution broke out and... Read More
January 18, 2012
In this blog, Professor Lobban, Jr. will be sharing with us updates from his current trip to Egypt. To begin, here are several images from his past trips to Egypt and his on-going work in Sudan. Richard Lobban, Jr. (Ph.D., Northwestern) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and African Studies at Rhode Island College, where he taught since 1972. At RIC, Professor Lobban is also the Executive Director of the Sudan Studies Association. Professor Lobban spent two years on the research staff at the American University in Cairo and has taught in Khartoum, Sudan, as well as in the U.S. at the University of Pittsburgh, Tufts, Bucknell, and Dartmouth. He lived in the Nile valley for six years and conducted his own ethnographic fieldwork in Arabic... Read More
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