Khufu's Wadi el-Jarf Papyri Preservation

In 2013, several papyrus fragments were excavated in the Wadi el-Jarf. On site, they were dusted, roughly flattened and mounted between glass using stripes of Filmoplast. The project objective was to improve the condition, presentation and mounting by a thorough conservation and mounting campaign. Project Director: Pierre Tallet

The pharaonic harbour of Wadi el-Jarf, excavated since 2011, has held in 2013 a papyrus archive from the reign of Khufu (c. 2600 BC) which is, to day, the most ancient ever found. It includes logbooks recording the work of a team of sailors, who were among other tasks, involved in the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza, and accounting documents registering the commodities that were delivered to them. Those papyri were unrolled and processed at the time of their discovery by our excavation team, but they need the additional work of a specialist of this kind of material, in the perspective of their permanent exhibition in an Egyptian Museum. The aim of this project was to organize a series of short missions in the Cairo and Suez museum, where this material is now kept, to reconstruct some of the papyri that are now in small pieces, and to finalize the presentation of the others.

Project Details

Location: Cairo, Suez, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (IFAO) Project partner(s): Cairo Egyptian Antiquities Museum and National Suez Museum Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt-Antiquities Endowment Fund Funding received: $26,900 Commencement Date: 01/2019 Project Status: Completed
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