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environmental geosciences
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environmental geosciences

The secret behind the construction of the pyramids of Giza

Christophe Morhange, associate professor at CEREGE, is the project leader of a ground-breaking Franco-Egyptian study revealing the secrets behind the transport of the granite blocks used to build the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Since 7 October 2023, the newspaper La Marseille has been offering a scientific saga in 4 episodes, told by Christophe Morhange.

This is the story of a human adventure that immerses us in the field in Cairo with the team's researchers and doctoral students:

. Prof. Christophe Morhange (AMU - CEREGE laboratory and EPHE - AOROC laboratory), geomorphologist specialising in ancient port environments, head of mission.
. Dr. Nick Marriner (CNRS - THEMA laboratory in Besançon), geomorphologist, author of a thesis on the ancient ports of Lebanon.
. Dr. David Kaniewski (Toulouse Sabatier University), archaeo-palynologist and statistician.
. Dr. Alain Veron (CNRS-CEREGE laboratory), geochemist, specialist in metallurgical pollution.
. Dr. Gad EL Qady, (director of the NRIAG laboratory, the national astronomy and geophysics laboratory in Helouan).
. Dr. Ala Salama (geophysics researcher at NRIAG)
. Gamal Younes, doctoral student (AMU-CEREGE laboratory), thesis to be defended in December 2023 in physical geography on the question of palaeo-pollution at Giza.
. Hader Sheisha, doctoral student (AMU-laboratoire CEREGE et IMBE), archaeo-palynologist, thesis in physical geography to be defended in 2024.

Read the article, En route to Egypt, from idea to reality

Read the article, On the pavements of Giza, urban geoarchaeology


Read the article, Multidisciplinary methodology: The study of sediments in the laboratories of the University of Aix-Marseille (CEREGE and IMBE)

. Read the article, Results: Sediments as interesting to study as ancient monuments!