The UCLA/RUG/UoA (University of California, Los Angeles, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Auckland) Fayum project is a large international cooperation that conducts survey and excavation in the Fayum, particularly focusing on the ancient shorelines to the north/north east of modern Lake Qarun.  The overarching theme of the project is human-environment interaction, use of land and water in the context of agriculture.  The Fayum contains some of the earliest evidence for agriculture in Egypt during the Neolithic (4500-4000 BC) and became a particular focus for agricultural production during the later Greco-Roman period (323BC-640 AD).  Faculty and students from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland run the Fayum North Shore Survey as part of the wider project.  The aim of this survey is to document human environment interaction during the mid-Holocene (Epipalaeolithic and Neolithic), particularly in the context of socio-economic change.  We are interested in understanding how the archaeological record has formed through time to the state in which we, as archaeologists, observe it.

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