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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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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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