Archaeologist Yukinori Kawae shares his experiences researching and excavating the remains of “Pyramid Town” in Giza, Egypt, including a breathtaking 3D, close up peek into a pyramid.
Egypt. Say the word “Egypt” and our minds fill with images of a vast desert, the reddish-brown horizon wavering in the heat. And rising from that expanse of sand and sun, ancient monuments. But Yukinori Kawae, an archaeologist specializing in 3D survey of megalithic structures and settlement archaeology during the Age of the Pyramids, has a different view. He had been living in Egypt for 16 years. While enrolled in the course at American University in Cairo, he was given Ahmed Fakhry Award in Egyptology, and later the Human Social Science Honor for his outstanding academic achievement. Since 2004, Yukinori has been engaged as an area supervisor of Ancient Egypt Research Associates Inc. (AERA), the USA, in the excavation and research of “Pyramid Town” at Giza. He then took part in the U.S.-Japan Joint Research Project in the 3D survey of Queen Khentkawes’ tomb. He has also assisted with Luxor East Bank Groundwater Lowering Response Project by the American Research Center in Egypt. In 2008, as an AERA laser scanning director, Yukinori completed the international 3D survey project of Egypt’s oldest pyramid—the step pyramid of Sakkara. This year, in 2012, he completed his doctoral program (Ph.D.) in History, and has been selected as a research fellow in the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Yukinori has been in quest of understanding the pyramids, and I’m sure we can be provided with fresh insight into the monument.