Foreign missions resume their archaeological works in Upper Egypt

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 8 Oct 2011

Polish, American and German archaeological missions are given government authorisation to resume important works in Luxor and Aswan

hutshepsute temple

This year’s October-December archaeological projects by foreign entities resume in full-swing under government authority.

The Permanent Committee of Antiquities (PCA), led by Mostafa Amine, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), approved the resumption of several archaeological works carried out by foreign archaeological missions.

The Polish archaeological mission will start a comprehensive documentation at Queen Hatshepsut’s temple on Luxor’s west bank. They will focus on the archaeological features of the open court, such as the shrine for the goddess Hathor, Queen Hatshepsut’s sphinxes and the recently unearthed Osiris statues.

The German Archaeological Institute’s mission in Cairo resumes the restoration and documentation of noblemen’s tombs, also on Luxor’s west bank, but in Draa Abul Naga. Their mission also includes mapping the labourer’s huts at the Deir El-Medina area and documenting the human and animal remains found there.

Yale University’s archaeological survey will continue in the Moalla area, located between Luxor and Edfu cities. The American Research Centre in Egypt (ARCE) will carry out the restoration work on god Khunsu’s temple at the Karnak temple complex on Luxor’s east bank. Works to control the ground water level at Karnak temple will be also resumed by both American missions, as well as replacing the stony grounds of all the chapels and shrines located inside the temple.

Meanwhile, the Belgium mission from Leuven University will document, clean and restore the stone engravings located along the road from Elephantine Island, right through the Shalat area in Aswan.

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