Temple at Hibis, Kharga Oasis
Oasis Magna: Kharga and Dakhla Oases in Antiquity, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, September 19–20, 2014
In the middle of Egypt’s vast Western Desert lie the Kharga and Dakhla Oases, called the Great Oasis in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. These islands of green in the midst of the desert plateau were places of refuge and exile, but also of production and culture. For the last four years, the French team working at El-Deir in the Kharga Oasis (University of Limoges, with the support of specialists from the University of Poitiers) and the NYU team working at Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis have been collaborating thanks to a grant from the Partner University Fund (French Embassy Cultural Services). In this conference, twenty members of the two teams will present their fieldwork, ranging across landscape, administration, economy, literature, paintings, and society. The talks are open to the public, but space is limited and reservation is required.