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Map of Egypt
Map of Egypt

Timeline of New Kingdom Pharaohs
Dynasty Pharaoh Reigned
(dates in B.C.)

18th Dynasty Ahmose 1570-1546
Amenhotep I 1546-1524
Tuthmosis I 1524-1518
Tuthmosis II 1518-1504
Tuthmosis III 1504-1450
Hatshepsut 1498-1483
Amenhotep II 1450-1419
Tuthmosis IV 1419-1386
Amenhotep III 1386-1349
Amenhotep IV 1349-1334
Smenkhkare 1334
Tutankhamen 1334-1325
Ay 1325-1321
Horemheb 1321-1293
19th Dynasty Ramses I 1293-1291
Seti I 1291-1278
Ramses II 1278-1212
Merenptah 1212-1202
Amunmesses 1202-1199
Seti II 1199-1193
Siptah 1193-1187
Twosret 1187-1185
20th Dynasty Setnakhte 1185-1182
Ramses III 1182-1151
Ramses IV 1151-1145
Ramses V 1145-1141
Ramses VI 1141-1133
Ramses VII 1133-1126
Ramses VIII 1126
Ramses IX 1126-1108
Ramses X 1108-1098
Ramses XI 1098-1070

The Timber Framers Guild of North America
Members of the Timber Framers Guild not only built the wooden framing on the obelisk in Aswan, Egypt that NOVA tried to raise in March 1999 (see Rising Toward the Sun), but more importantly ran the entire operation at the quarry in Chelmsford, Mass., which succeeded at last in erecting a large granite obelisk (see Obelisk Raised!). The guild's site is chock-full of photos and lively descriptions of the entire Chelmsford operation, including the key individuals involved.

The Theban Mapping Project
The official Web site of KV5, an exciting new excavation led by archaeologist Kent Weeks, takes you inside this tomb with movies, QuickTime VRs and maps. The site also offers a tour of Thebes, an overview of the Valley of the Kings and an excellent introduction to Egyptology.

ABZU is a comprehensive guide to the information relevant to the study and public presentation of the Ancient Near East via the Internet. The site provides links to the latest news, publications, research archives, archaeological sites, maps and atlases.

The Archaeological Institute of America
The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is a non-profit and educational organization dedicated to the encouragement and support of archaeological research and publication. Their site provides information on local societies, lecture programs, fellowships, events, current projects, tours, and links to archives.

The American Research Center in Egypt - ARCE
The American Research Center in Egypt is the professional society in the United States of specialists on Egypt of all periods. The site provides information on the latest programs, events, projects, local ARCE chapters, research opportunities, resources and publications.

The American Schools of Oriental Research
ASOR's mission is to initiate, encourage and support research and public understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Near East from the earliest times. On their page, you can find out more about their education program, events, overseas centers, publications, excavations, and other resources.

This page offers a short history of thirteen obelisks in Rome.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism has put together an informative site that offers a comprehensive history of Karnak.

National Engineers Week, February 20-26, 2000
The National Engineers Week Committee unveils plans for its 49th meeting which include numerous activities to showcase new projects and programs intended to spread the message of engineering's importance to society. The site also provides adolescents with an opprtunity to investigate a host of engineering achievements designed to inspire their interest in engineering.

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ARCE Research Opportunities
The American Research Center in Egypt has compiled a list of research experiences in Egypt. Opportunities include field work, examining paleoenvironmental factors, surveying, helping with excavations, and conserving sites and various finds.

ARCE's Resources and Universities
The resource section at the American Research Center in Egypt includes a list of universities with strong Egyptology and Archeology programs.

ASOR Excavation Opportunities
The American Schools of Oriental Research has compiled a list of expeditions that have received approval by their Committee on Archaeological Policy. Excavation and survey projects are included.

The Lost Tomb By Kent Weeks. William Morrow and Co., New York, 1998
Egyptologist Kent Weeks takes a lively and informative look at his discovery and ongoing excavation of the tomb of Ramses the Great's sons, one of the greatest archaeological finds of the century.

The Obelisks of Egypt: Skyscrapers of the Past By Labib Habachi. The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, 1994
This is a comprehensive, well-illustrated book on the great obelisks of the world.

Transport in Ancient Egypt by Robert Partridge. Rubicon Press, London, 1996
Divided into sections on land and water, the book discusses roads, chariots, sledges, carrying chairs, and wooden and papyrus boats, among other forms of transport.

Ancient Egyptian Construction and Architecture by Somers Clarke and R. Engelbach. Dover Publications, New York, 1990
This profusely illustrated book gives you everything you'd want to know about building in ancient Egypt.

Egyptian Boats and Ships By Steve Vinson. Shire Publications, Buckinghamshire, 1994
Heavily illustrated with black-and-white line drawings and photos, this slim volume surveys ancient Egyptian nautical archaeology and history.

The Secret of the Sphinx: Restoration Past and Present By Zahi Hawass. The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo, 1998
The Director of the Pyramids describes the history of conservation of the Great Sphinx at Giza, beginning with its initial clearing of sand by pharaoh Tuthmosis IV and ending with its very recent modern restoration.

Cleopatra's Needles and Other Egyptian Obelisks By E.A. Wallis Budge. Dover Publications, New York, 1990
Sir Budge was Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum and a top Egyptologist in his day. His book looks at obelisks from historical, archaeological, linguistic, and other avenues.

The Problem of Obelisks: From a Study of the Unfinished Obelisk at Aswan By R. Engelbach. T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1923
All about quarrying, transporting, and erecting obelisks by a leading early Egyptologist.

Secrets of Lost Empires Family Activity Book by WGBH Boston's Educational Print and Outreach Department.
Kids ages 9-12 and their families can explore the once-mighty civilizations featured in the Secrets of Lost Empires series with this fully illustrated, 32-page book. Just $4.95 to cover shipping and handling. Call 1-800-949-8670 or write to: WGBH Boston Video, P.O. Box 2284, South Burlington, VT 05407-2284.

Special Thanks
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Mark Lehner
Zahi Hawass
Whitby Bird and Partners
Henry Woodlock
Steve Foster
Peter Armstrong
Jimmy Karlan
Dale Rosene
Denys Stocks
Massachusetts College of Art
Modern Continental Construction Co. Inc.
Hanscom Air Force Base
Bardon Trimount Inc.

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