Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Rockin’ to the Dawn: Ancient Travelers’ Graffiti from North Kharga

November 2, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

UPenn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States

Since 2001 the North Kharga Oasis-Darb Ain Amur Survey team has been exploring the sandy routes connecting Kharga oasis to Dakhla oasis and beyond. In the course of this survey, our team has discovered and recorded numerous lonely rock sites that were used in antiquity as camping spots and stopovers for desert travelers. The epigraphic materials from these sites provide us with valuable information about the ancient uses of these desert routes, traveling practices, as well as the identity and background of the ancient travelers who chose to carve their marks on sandstone rocks.
In this lecture, I will present the results of our ongoing epigraphic work at a number of rocks whose surfaces were used by ancient travelers for the carving of both figural and textual graffiti. These sites and their epigraphic findings will be used as a case study to illustrate ancient Egyptian graffiti’ complex network of connections to epigraphic materials from other sites, to Egyptian history and culture, as well as to the natural landscape of the Western Desert.

When placing events on your calendar using these buttons, please check that time zone displays correctly.


November 2, 2019
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


JJ Shirley


UPenn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
+ Google Map
View Venue Website
Subscribe to the AIA e-Update

support Us

The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.