Avenue of the Sphinxes and Luxor Town Mound
New Kingdom to the Modern Era
The Avenue of the Sphinxes and the Luxor Town Mound
Luxor, capital of Egypt during much of the Middle and New Kingdoms, was a major religious center. AERA was called to Luxor twice to excavate and rescue archaeological remains in two areas that were soon to undergo development.
In 2008 we worked along the Avenue of the Sphinxes running between Luxor and Karnak Temples. In 2010 we returned to excavate the last remains of the Old Luxor town mound, which included settlement deposits spanning 2,000 years. Both projects were run as field schools to train inspectors in the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in the methods of salvage archaeology. Find out more about our Field Schools.
Avenue of the Sphinxes and Luxor Town Mound Photogallery
2021. Sadarangani, Freya, James S. Taylor, with Ashraf Abd El-Aziz, Mansour Boraik, Rabee Eissa, Ahmed M. El-Laithy, Hanan M. M. Mahmoud, and Essam M. Shihab. “Excavations in the Khalid Ibn El-Waleed Garden, Luxor: Avenue of the Sphinxes.” Annales du Service des Antiquités de l’Égypte vol 88, pages 81–144.
2011. “The Luxor Field School 2011.” AERAGRAM vol 12 no 1, pages 6–8.
2010. “Called Back to Luxor: The Salvage Archaeology Field School-2.” AERAGRAM vol 11 no 1, pages 2–6.
2010. “2000 Years of Archaeology Begin to Fill a Void.” AERAGRAM vol 11 no 1, page 7.
2008. “AERA in Luxor: The Salvage Archaeology Field School.” AERA Annual Report 2007–2008, pages 5–7.
2008. “Real World Rescue Dig: AERA Fields the SAFS in Luxor.” AERAGRAM vol 9 no 1, pages 10–14.
2008. “Digging Old Luxor.” AERAGRAM vol 9 no 1, pages 15–18.