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2014 AEF PROJECTS: CONSOLIDATED SUMMARY

Storage and Documentation of Archaeological Study Material at Abydos Project

Grantee: Matthew Adams: Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: This award supports the construction of a new storeroom, adjustable steel shelving and dedicated conservation lab space at the field house of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition at Abydos. The building of this facility represents an urgently needed upgrade for the ever growing and extremely rich collection of archaeological material coming from this archaeological site.

3D Laser Scanning at the Red Monastery Church Project

Grantee: Elizabeth Bolman: Temple University

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: For well over a decade, ARCE has been documenting, conserving and studying the late 5th century Red Monastery church near Sohag in Middle Egypt. The project is very close to completion, with the final work set to be finish in 2014. The monument has come from almost total obscurity to international prominence because it represents the best surviving example of monumental paintings from the Greek, Roman and early Byzantine periods. The AEF Committee are pleased to support this project that will undertake a complete 3D laser scan of the building, to document the monument at the completion of the restoration, as comprehensively as current technology will allow, so that it may stand as a record and be fully appreciated by future generations.

Documentation of 21st Dynasty coffins from the Royal Cache Project

Grantee: Kara Cooney and Yasmin El-Shazly: University of California and the Egyptian

Museum, Cairo

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: The AEF Committee are very pleased to provide support this project, which represents a portion of a much larger international project undertaken by Dr. Kara Cooney over the past six years. Coffins from the 21st Dynasty are important social documents revealing important information on human reactions to social crises, specifically with regard to material adaptations within an ideological context. The gathering together of a corpus of over 800 coffins from this period from institutions around the world is the first systematic study of funerary arts reuse and theft during this period. This award will help fund the documentation of 21st Dynasty coffins found in the Deir el Bahari Royal Cache held in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Thorough documentation these coffins will provide a significant contribution to the knowledge of burial practices of the 21st Dynasty with full color, systematic coverage of all interior and exterior spaces, conservation assessment, infrared photography, UV light analysis, reuse analysis and pigment identification. An important aspect of this project will be providing support for the museum’s Registrar, Collections Management and Documentation Department (RCMDD) in order to share and input all information learned about the collection.

Oriental Institute Egyptian Coffin Conservation Project

Grantee: John Green: The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: This project involves the conservation and redisplay of the First Intermediate Period Coffin of the army commander Ipt-ha-Ishutef (ca. 2181-2055 B.C.). Originally from the Teti Cemetery at Saqqara, it was purchased by James Henry Breasted in 1920 and was on display in the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago until almost two decades ago after it became clear that its decoration had become dangerously unstable. A full conditions assessment will be conducted as well as a series of scientific tests done before conservation treatment gets underway. This award will also allow for the coffin and its lid to be mounted and displayed within the museum’s gallery.

Mit Rahina Study Season: Analysis and Publication of the Material Excavated at Kom el-Fakhry by the Mit Rahina Field School 2011 Project

Grantee: David Jeffreys: Egypt Exploration Society

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: The AEF Committee was pleased to be able to financially support this project, which will ultimately see the publication of the material excavated by the Mit Rahina Field School in 2011at Kom el-Fakhry, a stratified settlement site ranging from early 12th to late 13th Dynasties comprising ceramics, objects, fauna and mud sealing impressions. This project epitomizes the long running partnerships between ARCE, AERA and the Egypt Exploration Society (EES) spanning a 30 year commitment by the EES to the Memphite region, matched with the successful AERA training programs. The publication of this material is the final and essential step in the conservation through analysis, documentation process and will help preserve through documentation an important and disappearing record in the history of this important regional center.

Preservation and Interpretation of the Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata in Western Thebes Project

Grantee: Peter Lacovara: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: Responding to a request by the Ministry of Antiquities this project’s aim is to identify an implement a conservation and presentation plan for what remains of the heavily damaged Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata. Located on the west bank of modern day Luxor, this site has suffered severe deterioration from water damage and physical destruction of what was left of the exposed brick work by unregulated tourist visitation. This AEF award will help to preserve what is left of the existing architecture by capping and stabilizing the standing walls with new bricks that will be stamped and isolated by a geofabric. The ancient brick work will all be buried, the walls will be capped to a uniform height and the original palace enclosure will be emphasized to delimit the original complex’s area.

Giza 2015 Archaeological Field Training for Inspectors of the Ministry of Antiquities Project

Grantee: Mark Lehner: Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA)

Category: Training of Egyptian Personnel

Objective: This AEF award will cover the training costs for ten Egyptian MoA inspectors to take part in the Giza Archaeological Field Training Program for 2015. This program will take place at the Heit el-Ghurab settlement in Giza and will be integrated into the Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA)/American University in Cairo (AUC) archaeological training program for foreign students and AERA’s ongoing excavations. Training covers the principals and practice of excavation, site recording, archiving and report writing, with an introduction to ceramics, archaeological illustration, Archaeobotany, Zooarchaeology and Osteoarchaeology. AERA and ARCE have a long partnership in the training of Egyptian inspectors and this project shall be staffed by both foreign and Egyptian experts. ARCE is very pleased to be supporting a program that aims to integrate MoA inspectors with the international community where they can learn the core field-work principals along with their foreign counterparts ensuring that long term collegial ties are sustained.

Publication Subsidy for “The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt” Project

Grantee: Nadine Moeller: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Category: Publication Subsidies

Objective: This AEF award was granted in order to cover two thirds of the production costs for illustrations in the forthcoming Cambridge University Press title; “The Archaeology of Urbanism in Ancient Egypt.” This book will fill an important gap in the understanding of Egyptian settlements and will serve as a primary reference work for Egyptologists, archaeologists and anthropologists. This monograph will include analyses of the overall settlement patterns and evolution through time by contrasting periods of strong political control against those of decentralization. Important research questions that are addressed create a model for ancient Egyptian towns and cities. The very nature of this kind of research requires a large number of illustrations and the AEF committee were very pleased to provide funding to support this important publication.

The Hisn al-Bab Conservation Project

Grantee: Pamela Rose: Austrian Archaeological Institute in Cairo

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: Hisn al-Bab is a unique surviving example of a type of Nubian architecture known as the ‘fortified settlement,’ all other examples are now lost under Lake Nasser. This fortified settlement is located on the east bank of the Nile south of the First Cataract, marking the historic border between Egypt and Nubia and can be identified with the Nubian frontier post of al-Qasr, mentioned by 10th Century Arab historians. This AEF award will go towards supporting three key architectural conservation needs of the fort, specifically the central tower, the smaller south tower and the south gate.

Theban Tomb TT110 Field School for the Epigraphic, Photographic and Artifact Recording of the Tomb Project

Grantee: JJ Shirley: University of Pennsylvania

Category: Training of Egyptian Personnel

Objective: Over the past two years ARCE has conducted a large USAID funded project in the Luxor region. This project encompassed a number of objectives including several conservation, training and site improvement initiatives providing hundreds of jobs during a very difficult period. One of these projects has been the excavation and conservation of Theban Tomb 110, located on the West Bank of the Nile at Luxor. This AEF award will support a field school to train MoA inspectors in the methodology of epigraphic and photographic documentation of the tomb and the study and recording of the many artifacts that were brought to light during ARCE’s excavation field school.

Protection and Restoration of the Royal Necropolis at Anubis-Mountain: Phase II Project

Grantee: Josef Wegner: Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: This award is the second phase in a project to protect and restore the subterranean tomb of Senwosret III in Abydos and help prepare it for visitors. Along with the construction of a protective superstructure and associated restoration work, the project will begin site cleaning and surface improvement activities in order to return the site to something approaching its ancient appearance. This will be followed by work on the adjacent desert road with the planned dedicated parking area in 2016.

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