The Abydos Field House was originally built by local masons, using traditional materials, during the Expedition’s first field season in 1967-68. Over the years, subsequent expansions to the original house, which is still in use today, have followed the basic aesthetic of the 1967 design.

The Abydos Field House was originally built by local masons, using traditional materials, during the Expedition’s first field season in 1967-68. Over the years, subsequent expansions to the original house, which is still in use today, have followed the basic aesthetic of the 1967 design.

Welcome أهلا و سهلا

Welcome to Abydos Archaeology: The online journal of the North Abydos Expedition, an archaeological project sponsored jointly by New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and Princeton University. We tell the story of Abydos, Egypt and its 5,000-year history through archaeological excavation, heritage preservation, archaeological survey, collections management, object conservation, outreach, and publication. We post stories from the field, and the people and communities behind the archaeology, as well as objects from Abydos, both in situ and in museum collections around the world, and images from our archives, covering a half-century of archaeological fieldwork in Egypt. Expedition co-directors, Dr. Matthew Douglas Adams (NYU) and Prof. Deborah Vischak (Princeton), and all of us on the North Abydos Expedition team invite you to browse our gallery of fieldwork, team bios, blog, and Instagram gallery — and to follow, bookmark, like, share, and ENJOY the archaeology of Abydos with us!

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What Is North Abydos?

The archaeological area of Abydos is a vast site complex covering around 7 square kilometers – in its scale and complexity one can think of it as something akin to the expansive, multi-component sites of the Mayan and classical worlds. The Expedition’s research area in North Abydos encompasses the ancient core of the site, including the ancient town of Abydos and its chief institution, the Temple of Osiris; the vast and intricate cemeteries that blanket the low desert overlooking the town and temple, and which include the great royal monuments of Egypt’s earliest kings; and the grand processional route of the festival of Osiris, along which generations of ancient pilgrims made their way from the Temple of Osiris to his symbolic tomb at Umm el-Qa‘ab, in an annual event that put Abydos at the center of Egyptian cultural life beginning in the Middle Kingdom. The archaeological record of North Abydos spans the entire history of ancient Egypt from the predynastic to the late antique, but the history of Abydos did not end in antiquity. Far from it, many centuries of life have unfolded in and around the ancient remains of this sacred place, from the time of the pharaohs up to our time. Abydos today is part of a vibrant rural community neighboring the towns of Beni Mansour and al-‘Araba al-Madfuna. In addition to the archaeological area of North Abydos, the greater Abydos site complex also encompasses the archaeological areas of Umm el-Qa‘ab, on the western edge of the low desert, where the kings of Egypt’s first dynasties were buried; the iconic and beautifully decorated New Kingdom temples of Seti I and Ramses II; the funerary complexes of kings Senwosret III and Ahmose in South Abydos; and another expansive cemetery field adjacent to the ancient town, known as the Middle Cemetery.

For information about other archaeological projects currently active at Abydos, please visit the pages listed below.

Abydos Middle Cemetery Project, directed by Prof. Janet Richards, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan

Excavations at the Mortuary Complex of Pharaoh Senwosret III, directed by Prof. Josef Wegner, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Abydos Temple Paper Archive, directed by Ayman Damarany, Dr. Nora Shalaby, and Dr. Jessica Kaiser, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities-University of California, Berkeley

Ramesses II Temple Project, directed by Drs. Sameh Iskander and Ogden Goelet, New York University-Friends of the Temple of Ramesses II in Abydos

Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, directed by Dr. Stephen Harvey

Umm el-Qa‘ab: Royal Tombs of the First and Second Dynasties at Abydos, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Abteilung Kairo

Ahmose Tomb Project, directed by Ayman Damarany, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

South Abydos Tombs Project, directed by Yasser Mahmoud Hussein, Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities

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The purpose of archaeology is to increase and share knowledge about the human story. As a research-driven archaeological project, an important part of the Expedition’s mission is the dissemination of the results of our fieldwork through our website, popular and social media, educational outreach, lectures, conferences, and academic publications. As we continue to build our website, we aim to provide a comprehensive bibliography and online library of publications relating not only to our excavations, but to the long and pioneering history of archaeology at Abydos of which we are a part.


Our Sponsors

To learn more about our sponsoring programs, please visit the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University.

The Institute is a thriving center of advanced research and graduate teaching in art history, archaeology, and art conservation. A site of knowledge production since its founding in 1932, the Institute has also produced many of the world’s leading art historians, museum directors, curators, and conservators... Institute students join a tradition of research excellence and share in the latest thinking. They are prepared for careers in the art world, in museums, in conservation, and in universities.
— Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
The Department of Art and Archaeology is devoted to the study and criticism of the visual arts and the investigation of material artifacts from a wide range of cultures and historical periods... In a world that seems to be taking a “visual turn,” understanding the history and workings of visual culture has assumed an increasing importance. Students in the Department of Art and Archaeology learn techniques for analyzing visual materials and locating them within time and place.
— Art and Archaeology, Princeton

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