Raghda El-BehaediArchaeologyUniversity of Chicago


Didi is currently a PhD candidate in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation centers on the reconstruction of paleolake and ancient settlement development in the Fayum using remote sensing and machine learning techniques. Didi received her BA with Honors in Anthropology (Archaeology) and a minor in Geospatial Technologies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2017). In 2019, she completed her MA in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago, with a thesis entitled “Utilizing Spaceborne Multispectral Imagery for Exploration of the Ancient Settlement of Hermopolis (el-Ashmunein)”. Her research interests include understanding ancient Egyptian settlement patterns and ancient landscapes through the lens of remote sensing, GIS, 3D modeling, and computer programming.

Didi has conducted archaeological fieldwork at a number of sites, including in the United States, France, and Egypt as well as interned in the Registration, Collections Management, Documentation Department (RCMDD) at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. In addition, she has worked as a remote sensing research consultant at NASA Langley Research Center (2016) and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2017). Most recently, she also completed a Space Archaeology internship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she used very high-resolution satellite imagery and stereo-pair derived DEMs for monitoring and quantifying archaeological site damage in Iraq and Syria.