Website Review

Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University

Peter Der Manuelian, Harvard University

Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University is a website repository supported by the Giza Consolidated Archaeological Reference Database (GizaCARD) that discusses the archaeological record of the Pyramids of Egypt and their surrounding cemeteries and settlements. Peter Der Manuelian, as the project director, led a large team of volunteers, interns and partner institutions to create this project, which was in part supported by the NEH. A more detailed list of these contributors can be found here.

The website itself has several sections, including those dedicated to 3D reconstructions and walking tours of plateaus, pyramids, temples. There is also a library section of the website, which has downloadable PDF access to scholarly works with citations readily available. In the Giza at School section, there is a glossary which gives brief descriptions of people and places, as well as terms, acronyms, and specific descriptions of things unique to Egyptology, and videos of tombs or the history of certain temples and buried people. Finally, the website also links out to NEH lesson plans, egyptology videos, blogs and other related sources.

Unfortunately due to issues with the website, the classroom resources and activities, as well as interactive tours are not able to be accessed at the time of this writing (Summer 2021). However, there is still a lot to be gained for students from this site by perusing the library of scholarly work, as well as more information about Giza in general.

Reviewed by Carolyn Mason, George Mason University

How to Cite This Source

"Digital Giza: The Giza Project at Harvard University," in in World History Commons, [accessed January 19, 2022]
Photograph of the Khafre pyramid
“The website itself has 3D reconstructions...a glossary which gives brief descriptions of people and places, terms, and acronyms... [and links to] NEH lesson plans, Egyptology videos, blogs, and other related sources.”