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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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