Dr. Mark Lehner is Director and President of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc. (AERA). He holds his degrees from Yale University (Ph.D.) and the American University in Cairo. His nearly forty years of archaeological research in Egypt includes mapping the Great Sphinx and discovering a major part of the ‘Lost City of the Pyramids’ at Giza. Lehner directs the Giza Plateau Mapping Project (GPMP), which conducts annual excavations of Old Kingdom settlements near the Sphinx and Pyramids with an interdisciplinary and international team of archaeologists, geochronologists, botanists, and faunal specialists. From 1990-1995 Lehner was Assistant Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Chicago. He is now a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and a Senior Fellow at the Capitol Archaeology Institute of George Washington University.
Dr. Lehner has appeared on television in National Geographic’s Explorer program, and on NOVA’s Riddles of the Sphinx, and Secrets of Lost Empires series on ancient technology including This Old Pyramid and Obelisk. He is author of The Complete Pyramids, published in 1997 by Thames and Hudson. His work has appeared in articles in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discover and Archaeology.