The Epigraphic Survey, ARCE, and Khonsu Temple: Collaboration and Ancient Secrets Revealed
July 24, 2021 1PM ET/ 7PM EET
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Speaker: Dr. W. Raymond Johnson
ARCE began its floor restoration program at Khonsu Temple as follow up to the USAID dewatering initiative for Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple that was activated in 2006 with additional funding from USAID. Before 2006, the underpinnings of the temple were so saturated with ground water, restoration and conservation were not feasible. ARCE began its conservation and floor restoration program there in 2008, and drawings and plans from the Oriental Institute publications were copied and used to plot conservation condition assessment and subsequent treatment by the ARCE conservation team.
Khonsu Temple was constructed by Ramesses III toward the end of his reign, and rather than quarry fresh stone for the structure, he dismantled at least three mortuary temples on the west bank for building material: the mortuary temples of Amenhotep III, Ay/Horemheb, and Amenhotep Son of Hapu.
When inscribed, reused blocks were exposed in ARCE’s floor restoration work, Dr. Johnson’s team recorded the inscribed reused blocks exposed during the process, and for several years, sub-contracted with ARCE. The team is now documenting the reused blocks on the roof area and in the pylon and plan to resume that work this season.
The restoration work resulted in some astonishingly significant material being exposed for a short while, just enough time for Dr. Johnson and his team to record it before it was covered over with restoration stone, and marks a major chapter in the documentation program at the temple.
About W. Raymond Johnson:
Chicago House Director W. Raymond Johnson attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans, and received his doctorate in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago in 1992 with his dissertation entitled, An Asiatic Battle Scene of Tutankhamun from Thebes: A Late Amarna Antecedent of the Ramesside Battle Narrative Tradition. He has participated in excavations at the site of Fort William Henry in Colonial Pemaquid, Maine; at Chogha Mish, Iran; at Quseir Al-Qadim on the Red Sea coast of Egypt; and at Carthage, Tunisia.
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