The Institute has sponsored excavations at Abydos, one of Egypt’s most important sites, since 1997. The site was the ancestral home and burial place of Egypt’s first kings. Later, as the primary cult place of the god Osiris, ruler of the land of the dead, it became a religious center of singular significance and a place of pilgrimage for many centuries. Investigating the nature of early royal activity at Abydos and how it shaped the site’s subsequent history are central questions of the Abydos project’s fieldwork program.
A current research initiative is focused on the remains of a brewery of unparalleled proportions for both ancient Egypt and the ancient world more broadly. Abydos project director Matthew Adams will share with the Institute community the results from excavations at the brewery, including from the just-concluded 2022 field season.
Matthew Adams, Senior Research Scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, first worked at Abydos as an undergraduate student in 1981 and has directed excavations at the site for more than 30 years.