BYUH professor inspects ancient Egyptian sites

[Story and photos by Mike Foley, originally published online in the BYU-Hawaii Newsroom, March 10, 2005]

Kerry Muhlestein, 2005BYU-Hawaii Religion and history professor Dr. Kerry Muhlestein recently returned from a three-week tour with the prestigious American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) that enhances his ability to teach Old Testament, the Pearl of Great Price, world civilization and ancient Egyptian history.

Muhlestein, who earned his Ph.D. in Egyptology from UCLA and has been teaching at BYU-Hawaii since Fall 2003, explained he had previously been to Egypt, but had never gone south of Cairo to the historically significant sites of Karnak and Luxor.

“We went to all the major sites. They’re doing conservation work on many of them, but since I was with ARCE, we were able to get into these, work with the conservators, and learn about the latest developments, which is great for me because I’m teaching a historiography class on ancient Egypt in the Spring term,” Muhlestein said. “We also met twice with the secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, who was a teacher of mine at UCLA.”

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