The American Research Center in Eygpt

Luxor Conservation Center

Luxor Conservation Center

Luxor Conservation Center
Directors: ARCE staff and consultants
April 2007 - July 2012

Exterior Conservation Lab

Exterior of Conservation Lab in Karnak Temple

In order to respond to the conservation needs of Luxor's antiquities, ARCE created a conservation laboratory for the Ministry of State for Antiquities. The lab was built inside the Karnak Temple precinct, near Khonsu Temple. Construction was completed in 2008 and is fully operational. The exterior is built of brick that is very similar to the roman wall surrounding the complex, allowing the lab to blend in to the area.

Providing MSA conservators with their first purpose-built lab, the facility includes work stations, fume hood, water distiller, and microscopes etc., as well as classroom, archive, office and storage space. Inside, the building is impressive in its modernity but the exterior is sheathed in mud brick as appropriate to its ancient setting.

Through this project, ARCE is helping the MSA
Interior Of Conservation Lab

Interior of lab

to build its capacity to care for the monuments. Long into the future, the Luxor Conservation Center will serve as a focal point for sustained conservation efforts at the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes.

The laboratory is not only used to verify methods and materials used in the field, but also for qulity control of certain conservation materials. Among them is the lime mortar used for patching walls, columns and flooring. Our process of preparing the lime is called slaking, where the raw quicklime is mixed with water to create an ingredient suitable for our lime mortar mix.

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