Giza Objects Online

The Giza Objects Online Project will work to create a freely accessible online archive of c.7,000 artefacts from settlement excavations on the Giza Plateau. Archaeological materials sitting in storage facilities are useless until they are published; online publication of digital records offers scholars the opportunities to easily search and compare materials. Project Director: Claire Malleson

This work will makes a major contribution towards disseminating high quality and scientific archaeological data to the archaeological community worldwide. This information will become freely available for the long-term future. Publication of “raw data” is often sorely lacking in archaeological project planning, and any resulting publications are frequently prohibitively expensive to access, and not as easily “searchable” as online records. Unless this type of data is available, conducting research on material culture and the social and cultural aspects of life in ancient societies is virtually impossible. By presenting a large body of information, and making it freely available, this project will represent a major step forward in Egyptian archaeology, and we hope that alongside the previous ARCE/AERA Giza Botanical Database Project, this ongoing work will influence other missions in Egypt to follow us in making archaeological “raw” data as openly accessible as possible, providing far more opportunities for scholars - especially Egyptian scholars working with severely restricted research budgets - to undertake comparative research based in interpretations of material culture.

Project Details

Location: Cairo, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA) Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt-Antiquities Endowment Fund Funding received: $76,913 Commencement Date: 10/2019 Project Status: Active
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