For release: March 25, 2011
For press information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, 901-678-2555
The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology’s 2011 Legacy of Egypt lecture at the
University of Memphis on Thursday, April 7, will highlight the contributions of ancient
Egypt to the modern world. Michael Jones will present “Outside the Box: Conservation
Projects in Egypt and the Social Life of Heritage: Projects Directed by the American
Research Center in Egypt and Funded by USAID.”
The evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a public reception in the Fountain View Room
of the University Center, followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Jones is associate director of the Egyptian Antiquities Conservation Project of the
American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE). Co-sponsored by the Tennessee Chapter of
ARCE, his talk will document how the Center is engaged with its Egyptian partners
in the preservation of cultural heritage as an important aspect of scholarship, social
development, and diplomacy in contemporary Egypt.
Jones studied archaeology and Egyptology at Cambridge University. He first went to
Egypt as a student in the 1970s to work on archaeological surveys and excavations
at Luxor and Amarna, and since that time he has worked at numerous sites throughout
the country. In the mid-1980s he moved to Egypt to build a career in field archaeology
and cultural heritage management.
His work for ARCE began in 1996 as project manager with the team directing USAID-funded
conservation projects. Since then, he has directed ARCE heritage conservation projects
including the Ottoman Fort at Quseir, St. Anthony’s and St. Paul’s Monasteries (Red
Sea Region), the “Red Monastery” (Sohag), the Tomb of Sety I (Valley of the Kings),
the Archaeological Monitoring of the Groundwater Lowering Project in Old Cairo, and
the Roman Paintings Conservation Project in the Luxor Temple (with Chicago House).
He is especially interested in the role of historic preservation in social and economic
development and the sustainability of living heritage. His recent publications reflect
the need for, and implementation of, comprehensive and integrated projects that combine
theoretical knowledge with the collective experiences of specialists, owners, and
residents for effective conservation and heritage preservation.
Parking for the event is available in the Zach Curlin garage, adjacent to the University
For more information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran at 901-678-2555.