Preservation & Interpretation of the Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata in Western Thebes II

One of the few and perhaps the most visited ancient Egyptian settlements, the palace-city of Amenhoteo III at Malqata it is of tremendous importance to Egyptology but also of great interest to tourists and the public at large. Project Director: Peter Lacovara

Though the site has been variously excavated by a number of expeditions, little of the work done at the site has been published and none of the expeditions took care to backfill or preserve what was uncovered. As a result, the palace has suffered severe deterioration from groundwater, rainwater, and physical destruction of exposed brickwork, particularly from unregulated tourist visitation. We have been able to identify the current risks threatening the site and have begun to address the range of potential solutions for the structural conservation of the mud brick walls, protection and display of the paintings-including their reproduction, the control of groundwater intrusion into the stone architectural elements, column bases, lintels, etc.; and the interpretation and display of the architecture of the site including its paintings, plaster and mud brick floors, walls and features where possible.

Project Details

Location: Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): The Metropolitan Museum of Art Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt-Antiquities Endowment Fund Funding received: $45,000 Commencement Date: 02/2015 Project Status: Completed
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