Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project

The project aims to document and conserve hundreds of reliefs and inscriptions from the columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak Temple. We are making high-resolution, "unrolled" photographic images of the column decoration and creating facsimile drawings from these images. Project Director: Peter J. Brand

We are also moving over a 100 inscribed blocks from the Hall now resting on the ground soil onto waterproof platforms that we are building to protect them from groundwater and other dangers, and to facilitate recording them. 19th and 20th Dynasty inscriptions blanket theHypostyle Hall’s134 giant columns, the work of Sety I, Ramesses II and Ramesses IV . Central to this decorative program are 350 ritual scenes and caption texts . Stereotyped decoration occupies every other surface . Despite excellent preservation, the massive scale and complexity of these reliefs has deterred systematic documentation. Another obstacle has been the cylindrical and conical surfaces on which the reliefs lie, making conventional photography impractical until now.

Project Details

Location: Luxor, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Institute for Egyptian Art and Archaeology Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt-Antiquities Endowment Fund Funding received: $66,000 Commencement Date: 04/2014 Project Status: Completed
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