Artist Spotlight: DAVID BUTT

2016/03/07 in Newsletter

The Institute is proud to present the works of David Butt.

David Butt grew up in Toronto, Canada, and has worked in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa and holds degrees in Architecture, Environmental Design, and Fine Art from University of Toronto and York University. His works adorn many corporate, private and government collections.

During his travels in June 2015, David has used pen, pencil and water colour in order to capture the beauty of modern Egypt as well as the ancient remains of a vibrant city called Mendes. These drawings are representative of David’s travels from Cairo, Mansoura and Mendes to Luxor, Aswan and Alexandria.

Moreover, David has recorded the work of skilled archaeologists from Qeft (called Quftis) in these beautiful paintings. Qufti archaeologists are an essential part of any expedition working in Egypt ever since Flinders Petrie started training them in the late 19th Century. Although these men have worked alongside famous western archaeologists, they have historically remained “behind the scenes”. However, modern archaeologists and artists like David have recognized their significant contributions to Egyptian archaeology.

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Royal Ontario Museum Tour

2016/03/04 in Newsletter

Friday March 4th, 2016

The Institute is proud to share photographs from our first successful museum tour which took place at the Royal Ontario Museum on Sunday, February 28th 2016. It was led by Egyptologist Dr. Antoine Hirsch and included an in depth explanation of the contributions made by University of Toronto’s Near and Middle Eastern Studies Department to the collection and preservation of the various artifacts currently on display. The next tour of the ROM will be a fund-raising event, with the help of the Rotary clubs Toronto, by the end of April 2016. The tour will be led by Professor Donald B. Redford. The Institute will also be leading tours at the site of Ancient Mendes at Tell er-Rub’a, Egypt in the coming months. Please stay tuned for more exciting news about Canadian Egyptology.

All photographs were generously donated for use by esteemed photographer Mr. Gordon Weiske of Canoed Entertainment




Welcome New Directors!

2016/03/04 in Newsletter

In January 2016, the Institute welcomed two new members to our Board of Directors. In keeping with our mandate, the Institute relies on scholars from various fields and nationalities to collaborate and help in the success and development of Canadian Egyptology.


Dr. Rasha Soliman

Dr. Rasha Soliman joins us from the Misr University of Science and Technology as well as Helwan University in Egypt. She is a Fulbright Scholar who specializes in the study of the Theban Necropolis during the Dynastic Period and the New Kingdom. Dr. Soliman also has extensive professorial experience in the field of Egyptian Tourism. She is currently involved in teaching specialized subjects in Ancient Egyptian Literature, Art and Archaeology at MUST.


Dr. Matthew J. Adams

Dr. Adams received his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in Egyptology and Near Eastern Archaeology under the tutelage of Professor Donald Redford. He has worked on several archaeological projects in Egypt including Mendes. He specializes in modern technology in archaeology. His experience with photogrammetry, surveying (drones), and mapping will be a tremendous help to the Institute’s Delta Metrological Project starting with Temple S at Mendes during the 2016 expedition.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Rasha Soliman and Dr. Matthew J. Adams to the Board.

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From Egypt to Canada and Back: Timeless Inspiration

2015/02/01 in Press_Release

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Despite a snow storm, the Canadian Institute in Egypt’s Tuesday March 3 event “From Egypt to Canada and Back – Timeless Inspiration” proved to be a perfect and unexpected fit for the Institute’s “performing arts” mandate.

During his fascinating lecture, Professor Redford, mentioned “visual speech,” an inspiration for Professor Lorna MacDonald who immediately associated it to her Toronto premiere presentation of “The Bells of Baddeck –” Professor MacDonald’s music composer, Dean Burry, of the University of Toronto, the author of the very popular children’s opera “The Scorpions’ Sting – An Egyptian Myth,” was also present.

The Institute is hoping to be able to stage Dean’s opera in situ for the opening of the Mendes site to tourism. When Canadian scholars from different disciplines combine efforts, the cultural image of Canada at home and overseas is dramatically enhanced!

Special thanks to the attendees, volunteers, the Institute’s board, the students’ committee, Professor Donald Redford, Professor Lorna MacDonald, Suzy Smith, and Dean Burry for making this event possible.


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In Memoriam

2014/07/17 in Press_Release


Reis Farouk Sharid, long-time participant in archaeological activity in Egypt, passed away earlier this month. He was a well-known and respected figure over three generations of excavators, through his work at such sites as Elkab, East Karnak, Quft, Tel el-Maskhuta, Tel er-Rub’a (Mendes) and Gurneh, apart from his work for the Dept. of Antiquities.

My own association with Reis Farouk began in 1971 when our expedition from SUNY-Binghamton and the U. of Toronto engaged in excavation at the Temple of Osiris, Karnak. Then, in 1975 when a concession was granted for the excavation of East Karnak, Farouk joined our team permanently, and remained Reis until 1991, our last season. By no means finished, Farouk’s participation continued, stretching over 23 seasons at Mendes (from which he had just returned south when the fatal heart attack occurred.)

Farouk was an unparalleled gem. A born manager of men and women, he could be adamant but was always honest and straightforward. I could rely on him in any difficult situation, and he rapidly became a problem solver par excellence. A close personal friend, Farouk, more than anyone in the field, never failed to offer sound advice and encouragement in dire straights.

May you negotiate successfully, Farouk, those roads of the West, and may your sons follow in your path of life!

Donald Redford

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Déjà News – When Business Meets Academia

2013/10/06 in Press_Release


An Ancient Egyptian Model for Today’s Business and Political Leaders

Donald B. Redford

Financial crisis, trade, state control, economic empires, system collapse, ecological disasters, feminism, national sovereignty, foreign relations, bureaucracy, taxation, performing arts, technology… are these your daily concerns? If so, become a member of the Canadian Institute in Egypt and learn from historical case studies! At the very root of much of our present fascination with Egypt is this subconscious feeling that the ancient Egyptians were in possession of a secret knowledge or expertise far in advance of ourselves. But beyond these nebulous and fanciful considerations, Egypt does offer us a vast array of concrete, undisputed evidence which business and political leaders can readily use.

Egypt became the first nation state in the world, the inventor of what we today call bureaucracy and the tax system, the calendar and the enumeration system, engineering know-how, and manpower organization. The fascination with Egypt as a foreshadowing of ourselves has enticed many people into more than a casual look at this Nilotic landscape. Egypt shares with five other geographical locations the distinction of having been the stage whereon was acted the painful coming-to-birth of a sophisticated nation state from beginnings in the hunter-gatherer stage of human development. As such it deserves careful scrutiny, not from the passing voyeur, but from the serious student.

More than any other civilization, ancient or modern, Egypt enjoyed an isolation in time and space which sets it apart as a kind of “hot-house” culture under glass. What happens to a society of that sort? What happens when people can rest free of any real threat to their safety and security from outside? When they can look back over generations of recorded and uninterrupted family history, and can confidently expect that posterity to any number of future generations will be able to remember them? How, under these circumstances, did they view the outside world which could never impinge on them or alter their way of thinking? What happened when in fact the outside world did ingress upon their cosy corner, and produce what Egyptians saw as nothing short of a catastrophe? For the story of Ancient Egypt is not only about a brilliant society that built the pyramids, but also at the latter end of its appointed time on earth, about a once-proud people no longer masters of their own house. In this regard Ancient Egypt confronts us as a model for what is happening in the present Middle East and the world in general.

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Desktop Electronic Measuring Instruments

2013/08/11 in Metrology

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Click the link to read the article – Desktop Electronic Measuring Instruments – Cliquez le lien pour lire l’article.

This article shows the use of computer-screen electronic calipers on a dig site – Cet article montre l’emploi d’un pied à coulisse électronique d’ordinateur de bureau sur un site de fouilles.

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Revival / Réactivation

2013/08/11 in Press_Release

July 26 2013

The Canadian Institute in Egypt is revived and becomes partially virtual – For more information click on the links at the bottom of this page (The Canadian Institute in Egypt and Scripta Antiqua).

L’Institut Canadien en Égypte est réactivé et devient, en partie, virtuel – Pour tout détail complèmentaire, veuillez cliquer sur les liaisons au bas de cette page (The Canadian Institute in Egypt et Scripta Antiqua).

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