RICHARD LEWIS "DICK" COOK
|DICK ON-SITE IN EGYPT WITH AN ANCIENT BEER JAR FOUND IN A SEALED
TOMB. THE BEER WAS GONE, PERHAPS CONSUMED BY THE TOMB OCCUPANT'S
SPIRIT ("KA"), BUT THE THRILL OF HOLDING SOMETHING THAT HAD BEEN
UNTOUCHED FOR 4,500 YEARS REMAINS.
RICHARD L. COOK
Updated April 29, 2012
BS - Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Administration, University of Illinois, 1953
Archaeological Excavation Experience and Field Training
1995 Tel Geresa, Israel. Director - Dr. Eze’ev Herzog
1995 Jerusalem, Israel. Tunnel under Temple Mount at Robinson‘s Gate. Director - Ronny Reich
1996 South Shields, UK. Arbeia Roman Fort Archaeological Field School. Director - Paul Bidwell
1997 Almyras, Cyprus. Univ. of Fribourg Archaeometalurgical Project. Director - Walter Fasnacht
1999 Halmyris, Romania. Late Roman Fort on the Danube. Director - Dr. Mihail Zahariade
2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 Giza, Egypt. Cairo Univ,-Brown Univ. Expedition. Served as
surveyor assistant, archaeological draftsman, and artist - Director - Dr Edward Brovarski
Technical and Archaeological Background and Courses
Trained and experienced draftsman - Mechanical, electrical, geological, map making
Trained and experienced artist - painting, drawing/sketching, sculpture, pottery
1997 Arabic and Islamic studies, Islamic Mosque of Richmond, VA
1997 Civil Engineering -Surveying Course, Community College, Richmond, VA
1998-2001 Univ. of Chicago Oriental Institute courses and seminars in Ancient Egyptian studies:
- History, religion and cultural overview - Early Dynastic Period
- Hieroglyphics - Law and Ethics
- Predynastic Period
1998 Field study, various locations in Egypt
1999 Lecturer in ancient cultures, Virginia Museum of Art for “Splendors of Egypt” exhibition.
2000 International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo, Egypt
2002 Arabic - Berlitz Language Center, Los Angeles
Professional Association Memberships
The American Research Center in Egypt (International and Orange County Chapter)
Egypt Exploration Society
Council for British Archaeology
Egyptian Exploration Organization, Los Angeles, CA
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Modern Language Association
Dante Society of America
Overview of the Cairo University-Brown University Expedition in Giza, Egypt
The Expedition worked in the cemetery for the Pharaohs’ officials which is approximately one quarter mile west of the great pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) on
the Giza Plateau at Cairo.
The five main purposes of the expedition were to copy (trace) all significant remaining pictures and inscriptions on the walls of the tombs, survey the entire
site, make detailed plan and elevation drawings of significant tombs, remove artifacts to a locked storage facility, and perform anthropological analysis of
the human remains uncovered. All this material will be published jointly by Brown University and Cairo University as a part of an ongoing series of similar
books which have been published since 1922 about the tombs on the Giza Plateau. The purpose of these books is to record details of the tombs much of
which is being lost due to natural and environmental conditions.
Richard Cook’s primary tasks have been to measure and draw the plans and elevations of the significant tombs and draw details which could not
practically be surveyed (e.g., the inside chambers of tombs, details on the outside that were too small, un-excavated, or in places which could not be
surveyed, etc), In a number of cases, it was necessary to lower Mr. Cook down shafts between 20 and 40 feet deep, using a hand cranked winch
(tamborra) that required him to hold onto a rope, put one foot in a basket and use the other foot to fend off the wall in transit up and down. At the bottom,
he entered, measured and photographed tomb chambers, carved into bed rock, with 3 to 5 foot high ceilings. He has also assisted as surveyor, as
needed, and participated with the Director and Chief Field Archaeologist in the day to day expedition planning. Mr. Cook is now in the process of using
the AutoCad computer program to incorporate his drawing details into the survey, and to prepare tomb and detail drawings for use as illustrations in the
publication. In addition he is preparing detailed, illustrated reports on each tomb he studied for use by himself, the Expedition Director and Archaeological
Field Director in preparation for publishing the Expedition findings.
|2005 LOS ANGELES TIMES ARTICLE
Although Dick says at the end of this article that he was not going back to Egypt for additional work with the
Expedition, he did, in fact, go back in 2006 and 2009. It appears now that the field work is completed and future
work will be concentrated on publishing Expedition findings in a reference text, probably in about 2 years . But who
knows? "There is an old saying that If you drink the water of the Nile you will return to Egypt", he says.
"Figuratively, that may be true. At least you will always want to return", he adds "however, if you literally drink the
water directly from the Nile, as with most rivers in the world today, you probably will never make it out of Egypt".
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