The Project and Field Schools
The Memphis Site and Community Development Project (MSCD) was launched in September 2015, with the aim of sharing Memphis’ many stories to audiences near and far. As part of this, we trained 77 Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities inspectors from across Egypt in heritage site management through field schools.
The Project and field schools were sponsored by USAID and run as a collaboration between the Ministry of Antiquities (MoA), Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA), and The University of York. The field school students were broken up into four groups, each spending six weeks working on the project from September to December 2015 and 2016.
The students worked on the full spectrum of activities that comprise site management. These included everything from recording pre-existing infrastructure, including trails, benches and shelters, to designing new visitor experiences and conducting consultations and evaluations with interested parties around Memphis. They designed information panels, wrote website pages, created Facebook and blog posts and prepared visitor trails and facilities. The students also used digital technology in their work, learning how to make videos and use Google Earth Pro, Photoshop, SketchUp, Audacity, YouTube and Google forms.
The project has led to the development of a visitor trail around eight of the ancient sites of Memphis. The students produced over 60 information panels to help guide visitors around these sites. Paths and facilities such as benches were installed, sites were cleaned, and a guidebook, brochure, and information packets for tour guides were created.
The sites of Memphis have been brought back to life through the hard work of all involved, creating what we hope is an unforgettable visitor experience. One of the greatest successes of the project has been the long-lasting friendships and collaborations we have formed. People from different backgrounds shared their knowledge and worked together to help preserve and protect the past. This is what archaeology and heritage is all about!
If you’d like to learn more about the MSCD Project and field schools, then read our field dairy. This was produced by our students and will give you a personal insight into their experiences.