Conservation & Reconstruction of the Offering Scenes in the Tomb of Karakhamun TT223 Project

"The tomb of Karakhamun was rediscovered in 2006. It collapsed, damaged by numerous floods and later occupants and completely disappeared beneath a heap of broken bedrock and village houses. This project aimed to complete reconstruction and conservation of the tomb’s decoration. " Project Director: Elena Pischikova

The tomb of Karakhamun was rediscovered in 2006. It collapsed, damaged by numerous floods and later occupants and completely disappeared beneath a heap of broken bedrock and village houses. Its excavation started in 2006 and took 10 seasons to complete. The work of the project revealed a multi-roomed richly decorated tomb, the largest early Kushite temple-tomb known to date. Although found in a ruined conditions, the tomb was reconstruct-able due to the discovery of about thirty thousand fragments of the tomb’s original decoration in the debris. When preliminary sorting and identification of the found material was completed, this project’s goal was to reconstruct the most important and beautifully carved offering scenes of the entrance area to the underground part of the tomb.

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Location: Luxor, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $16,937 Commencement Date: 07/2016 Project Status: Completed
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