Discover Saudi Arabia: The Archaeological Sites of the Egyptian Pilgrimage Route - Photography Exhibit Opening
Where: Lobby, Building 20
The 2017 edition of Discover Saudi Arabia invites you to follow the “Egyptian Pilgrimage route”. This itinerary highlights some of the most impressive forts of the Kingdom as well as minor though vital stops such as wells. As such an important piece of the Kingdom’s history the Egyptian Pilgrimage route is currently on the UNESCO world heritage tentative list.
The photography exhibition displays up to 40 pictures of historical sites. It aims to highlight the historical importance of the Egyptian pilgrimage route and to promote cultural awareness about the region.
A booklet about the archaeological sites of the Egyptian Pilgrimage route is offered during the exhibition. It comprises a map, an historical introduction and a short description of each site.
The team from KAUST led by archaeologist Dr. Laurence Hapiot followed the route along the Red Sea coast to document the topic. The team involved in creating this event comprises KAUST students, staff and community members.
Dr Laurence Hapiot is a Research Fellow in Archaeology and Cultural outreach Consultant at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). She is developing archaeological sciences projects by making use of KAUST experimental capabilities and expertise towards advancing archaeometry and knowledge of the Kingdom’s cultural heritage.
Dr Hapiot earned a PhD degree in Archaeology from the University Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne, France). She specialized in physical anthropology, and more precisely on the reconstruction of food ways, activities and health status of past civilizations through the study of dental remains, paleopathology and stable isotopes analysis. Dr Hapiot’s work focuses also on the study of funerary practices. She participated to several excavations in France and in Greece and from 2003 to 2013 she was in charge of the excavations of the Ottoman period necropolis in Argos (Greece).
Dr Hapiot is currently involved in the archaeological mission in Khuraybah (Al-Ula, KSA). She joined the team from King Saud University as an archaeo-anthropologist to explore the necropolis.
In the framework of WEP, Dr Hapiot runs the “Discover Saudi Arabia” project, an annual series of events, involving community members and developing collaboration with Saudi cultural institutions.
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