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Islamic Archaeology and World Heritage in Cairo
Wed 23 November 2016, 19:45 – 21:45 GMT
A lecture by Stéphane Pradines (AKU-ISMC) on the medieval walls of Cairo highlighting the collaboration between the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, the Ministry of Egyptian Antiquities and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
The discussion panel will include Anna Contadini (SOAS), Christophe Bouleau (AKTC) and Ahmed Al-Shoky, General Director of the Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo.
The event will be opened by H.E Mme Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom and H.E Mr Nasser Ahmed Kamel, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Kingdom.
The creation of the 30-hectare Al-Azhar Park, undertaken in the historic district of Cairo by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, has become a catalyst for urban renewal in one of the most congested cities in the world.
A gift to the city of Cairo by His Highness the Aga Khan, the project includes the excavation and extensive restoration of the 12th Century Ayyubid wall and the rehabilitation of important monuments and landmark buildings in the Historic City.
The lecture will shed light on the findings of the archaeological mission in Cairo including a Mamluk cemetery, a Fatimid garden and some objects from daily life including ceramics.
The ongoing work is supported by the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, the Ministry of Egyptian Antiquities, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and encompasses heritage conservation, an archaeological park and a field school for Egyptian students.