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Karanis Site Management Project, Phases 1 and 2
FAYUM
Director: Willeke Wendrich, University of California, Los Angeles

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The Karanis site. All photos: Willeke Wendrich

As part of the Fayum Landscape Management Project, which encompasses archaeological landscape features in (the vicinity of) the research area, UCLA is developing a management plan for Karanis (Kom Aushim). This project has been supported with two grants from ARCE's Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF). It includes a damage and risk analysis for this earthen-architecture site, which, eighty years after having been excavated and left exposed to wind and rain, appears to have deteriorated greatly.

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Deterioration due to wind and water exposure

The AEF grants have also enabled first-aid conservation and the urgent stabilization of the Beyt Mandoub Sami, the excavation house of the University of Michigan in the 1920's, used as a rural weekend escape by the British Ambassador Sir Miles Lampson in the 1930's. The plan is to restore this sprawling mud brick building, a wonderful example of vernacular architecture of the early twentieth century, over the next five years, and to establish a visitors' center.

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Back-filling the excavation with sand from the desert



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