Preservation & Interpretation of the Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata Project

The Joint Expedition to Malqata (JEM) was able to make a great headway in the conservation and preservation of the Palace of Amenhotep III. The King’s Palace has been variously excavated over the last century and a quarter and frequently visited by tourists, but this attention took a heavy toll on the site. Project Director: Diana Craig Patch

The Joint Expedition to Malqata (JEM) was able to make a great headway in the conservation and preservation of the Palace of Amenhotep III. The King’s Palace has been variously excavated over the last century and a quarter and frequently visited by tourists, but this attention took a heavy toll on the site. The rapid expansion of Egypt’s population and the concomitant growth of settlements, fields, roads and cemeteries has created a need for land, often at expense of archaeological sites. As the sites most difficult to excavate and preserve, ancient settlements such as Malqata are the most at risk. The preservation of this site, as the best preserved royal residence known from the pharaonic era, and the only one still in relatively pristine landscape, is especially crucial. The principal goal of the interventions of this project was to protect the fragile ancient architecture, but also to make the plans of walls recognizable and hence the “footprint” of the palace understandable to visitors.

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Location: Luxor, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): The Metropolitan Museum of Art Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $39,000 Commencement Date: 04/2017 Project Status: Completed
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