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Yale Professor Colleen Manassa to Discuss Egyptian Mo'alla Survey Project

The NCC Archaeology Club will host Yale Associate Professor Colleen Manassa at its November 8 meeting, which will be held at 8 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Dining Room, to discuss the Mo’alla Survey Project (MSP). The Mo’alla Survey project (MSP) is part of the Yale Egyptological Institute in Egypt. All are invited to attend and admission is free.

The site of Mo‘alla, on the east bank of the Nile 45 kilometers south of Luxor, is well known as the location of the First Intermediate Period tombs of ancient Egyptian rulers Ankhtyfy and Sobekhotep.

The autobiographical inscription on Ankhtyfy’s tomb is one of the most celebrated of that period. It describes his position as the “nomarch” of the third Upper Egyptian nome, (which was a subnational administrative division of ancient Egypt), and the peaceful and military tactics he used to expand his power.

Under Professor Manassa’ s direction, the Mo’alla Survey Project carried out its first field season during the winter of 2008-2009. The goals of this expedition were to provide the first archaeological survey of the environs of the Mo’alla, including any settlement sites in the area and Eastern Desert roads accessible from the region.

Since that time, Manassa and her team have surveyed an important northern extension to the Mo’alla necropolis and rediscovered the ancient city of Agny. In 2010, her expedition discovered a previously unknown late- Roman site in the northeastern portion of the area.

Colleen Manassa, (B.A. Yale 2001, PhD. 2005), joined the faculty of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization as the Marilyn M. and William K. Simpson Assistant Professor of Egyptology in 2006. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. Her research interests include Egyptian Grammar, New Kingdom Literary texts, military history, funerary religion, social history, and landscape archaeology. She is the author and co-author of four books and more than 20 articles on Egypt, and directs an ongoing archaeological expedition in Egypt.