el-Hibeh: Past, Present and Future
Welcome to the el-Hibeh Project Website. El-Hibeh is home to the ancient town of Teudjoy, established at the turn of the first millennium BCE.
With a long settlement history into the Roman and Christian eras, El-Hibeh offers a wealth of information for understanding various aspects of Egyptian history and culture. The preserved archaeological evidence, mortuary, religious and domestic, has the potential to increase and clarify our knowledge of urbanism, provincial life and quotidian practices of ancient Egyptians.
Some three hours south of Cairo, Egypt’s capital city, is the picturesque archaeological site of el-Hibeh. Covering an area of approximately two square kilometers, the site is separated from the Nile River to West by a narrow strip of cultivation. The desert to the east leads to the modern highway, and to the North and South are modern villages. The substantial archaeological remains of el-Hibeh, consisting of the town mound and associated cemeteries in the nearby desert and on site, and a small limestone temple, make el-Hibeh one of the best-preserved settlement sites anywhere in Egypt, with great potential for investigating the character, layout and development of provincial towns in ancient Egyptian history.
Since 2001, archaeological exploration has been under the auspices of the University of California, Berkeley. In 2015, Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and the University of Chicago entered into partnership with Berkeley. In addition to ongoing archaeological exploration of the site, the el-Hibeh project will be experimenting and exploring new methods and technologies of reconstruction, interpretation and disseminating information about the site and our work!
As our project progresses, we will be updating you on our fieldwork, the use of robots in archaeology and the reconstruction of beautiful the in situ small temple using virtual reality/augmented reality technologies.