Pre-departure: the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

Well hello there everybody reading this blog! (awkward introduction, I know, but how else does one begin such an elaborate yet uniquely detached correspondence?  Ah well, I did my best!)

My name is Aislinn Lowry, and I’m a Junior Greek and Roman Studies major, religion minor here at Illinois Wesleyan University.  I’m thrilled to report that I will be keeping up this happy communication throughout my spring semester, wherein I will be traveling to Egypt (specifically the Dakhleh Oasis in western Egypt) with New York University, and in partnership with Columbia University, to participate in an archaeological excavation undertaken at the ancient city of Amheida (known as Trimithis in the Roman period) in a unique combination of archaeological fieldwork and educational programming.