City Of The Dead

Preserving Life in the City of the Dead

The vast Muslim cemeteries of Cairo, sometimes called the “City of the Dead” are a unique urban environment that includes valuable mediaeval architectural monuments and living communities that practice traditional crafts. The ever-expanding city has engulfed the enormous ancient Muslim cemeteries, which now feature some of the best-preserved and most important architectural monuments from the 10th to the late 19th centuries, are located in the cemeteries.

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The hawd of Sultan Qaitbey is part of a funerary complex built between 1472 and 1475 in a Mamluk architectural style. Volunteers will engage in the conservation project of the hawd, a project aimed to restore structural stability as well as to adapt the building for a new use as a showroom and retail venue for the traditional craftspeople of the neighborhood. Working side-by-side with Egyptian peers, students will learn about architectural and urban history of a traditional Middle Eastern city, and about principles of architectural conservation and adaptive reuse.
Students will live in basic, but comfortable local accommodations on the Zamalek Island on the Nile, a district of Cairo often preferred by foreigners, located near Downtown and the Egyptian Museum, with transportation provided to and from the site. All meals will be communal events, giving volunteers exposure to the local cuisine.

Agnieszka Dobrowolska

Agnieszka Dobrowolska is a conservation architect living and working in Cairo. She has directed a number of architectural conservation projects in Cairo in addition to her work on design in historic environment, adaptive reuse, and museum and exhibitions.

Jaroslaw Dobrowolski

Jaroslaw Dobrowolski has worked on numerous archaeological sites and conservation projects in Egypt and the Sudan, and directed a number of architectural conservation project. For fifteen years he was Technical Director of the USAID-funded conservation program in Egypt implemented by the American Research Center in Egypt.

Dig Directors

Agnieszka Dobrowolska
Jaroslaw Dobrowolski

Geographic Location

Cairo, Egypt

Periods of Occupation


Dates of the Dig

August 10 - September 13, 2013

Minimum Stay

Entire duration of field school

Application Due

July 1, 2013


Deposit: $500 Tuition & Program Fee: $4,300
Total Field School Cost: $4,800
Airfare is not included.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Yes - 8 semester credit units - Connecticut College


Program fee includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance.


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