Temple of Thoth at Amheida: Preservation, and Presentation of Relief Blocks

This project covers the remodelling and extension of an existing storage magazine at the archaeological site of Amheida in the Oasis of Dakhla. Upon completion, the modified structure provided an interpretive display of over 260 conserved and re-assembled stone relief blocks as well as safe storage for 1100 other blocks and fragments. Project Director: Roger Bagnall

This project covers the remodeling and extension of an existing storage magazine at the archaeological site of Amheida in the Oasis of Dakhla. Upon completion, the modified structure provided an interpretive display of over 260 conserved and re-assembled stone relief blocks as well as safe storage for 1100 other blocks and fragments. The permanent display of the blocks provide one of the best forms for their preservation, in that they will be less likely to suffer future damage through transport and handling. There were 1,400 blocks or fragments stored in the magazine, of which 263 will be included in the new display, built into new fired-brick supporting walls plastered with lime render. The blocks fall into six basic categories as follows: 1 Decorated blocks from a temple built under Darius I; 2 Blocks from a temple of Amasis; 3 Blocks from a sanctuary of Titus; 4 Blocks from a sanctuary of Domitian; 5 Blocks showing royal titularies; 6 Individual blocks or features such as a stelae, gateways and lintels. Some blocks from the temple were also re-used in buildings in the nearby Islamic period town of al-Qasr, and they will be digitally recorded, printed in 3-D facsimile, and included within the assemblies where possible.

Project Details


Location: Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): New York University (NYU) Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $41,498 Commencement Date: 03/2017 Project Status: Completed
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