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Egyptologist Offers Global Insight, Experiences during Egypt Fest at GCU

Lakewood, N.J., June 15, 2010—Henry Ayoub, a former field archaeologist who worked in the area of Giza’s pyramids from 1992 to 1996, is the featured speaker for Egypt Fest, a week of events and activities slated for July 12–17 on the historic Lakewood campus of Georgian Court University.

Mr. Ayoub has shared in many digs around the Sphinx and was part of the team that uncovered the tombs of the pyramid builders. Since 1996, he has been a freelance guide who has led English-speaking tour groups from around the world, and who works closely with religious and educational groups interested in exploring the country. Mr. Ayoub has degrees in Egyptology and Coptic theology, and has a post-graduate degree as a professional tour guide. When he’s not in Egypt, he lectures around the world.

A brief Q&A with Mr. Ayoub follows. You may e-mail him directly at free3guide@yahoo.com.

Q: After thousands of years, people worldwide remain fascinated with Egypt. Why? 

  • The Egyptian civilization is one of the most significant of the ancient world, not only in terms of the length of its leadership (roughly 3,000 years B.C.), but also in geographical land mass as well.
  • The ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife, an eternity in paradise.
  • They were very smart people, were creative, deep thinkers.
  • The Egyptian civilization is still full of mysteries and this makes people eager to investigate its ancient secrets.
  • The ancient Egyptian civilization had some of the most spectacular works of art and architecture that still survive today.
  • The civilization was so peaceful. For much of its 3,000 year history, Egypt lived in peace with its neighbors.
  • This civilization left a lot of records behind it, writing, art, statues, temples, tombs, etc.

Q: What kinds of myths do you often have to debunk? 

  • First, the Pyramids were not built by Hebrew slaves, or any slaves, for that matter. I am going to talk about this very subject during my lecture on “Recent Discoveries in Egyptian Archaeology.”
  • No human beings were sacrificed in ancient Egypt. For example if the king died, his wife was not killed with him; she could even remarry, if she wished.
  • There was no curse placed on a pharaoh’s tomb, and I will discuss this when we look at King Tut’s tomb, during my “New Kingdom” lecture.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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