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Students at the archaeological site with Egyptian workers.

Conference on "Oasis Major," a PUF Project

To share the significant achievements resulting from their collaboration as Partner University Fund (PUF) grantees, American and French teams involved in the “Oasis major” project will present a two-day conference, “Oasis Magna: Kharga and Dakhla Oases in Antiquity,” at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, on September 19 and 20, 2014.

The Kharga and Dakhla Oases in Egypt’s Western Desert were called the “Great Oasis” in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. These islands of green in the midst of the desert plateau were places of refuge and exile, but also of production and culture. For the past four years, the French team working at El-Deir in the Kharga Oasis (University of Limoges, under the direction of Gaëlle Tallet, with the support of specialists from the University of Poitiers) and the American team working at Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis (NYU, under the direction of Roger Bagnall) have collaborated on the “Oasis Major” project.

Their work draws a global and comparative picture of the settlements of Amheida and El-Deir as a step towards understanding the connection between the sites and the role they played in the African caravan economy. On the occasion of this conference, twenty members of the two teams will share their discoveries and present their fieldwork in areas as diverse as landscape, administration, economy, literature, paintings, and society. The “Oasis Major” project was made possible by a grant from the Partner University Fund (PUF).

Established in 2007, PUF is a collaboration between the French government and American individual and corporate donors to support educational and research partnerships between French and American institutions of higher education. The French Embassy’s most powerful tool for transatlantic innovation, the Fund crosses national boundaries to prepare the brightest young scholars to be world leaders.

The conference is free and open to the public.

The detailed program of the conference is available here:



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