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AEF Projects Archive

AEF Projects Archive

Round X - 2012

ROUND TEN - 2012

Documentation and Assessment of Looting Damage in the North Cemetery at Abydos Project
Matthew Adams, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

In the aftermath of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, extensive looting took place throughout the country. One of the most archaeologically rich sites in the Nile Valley, Abydos was not spared this activity. AEF funding has been awarded to Dr. Matthew D. Adams from the Institute of Fine Arts New York to conduct a systematic program of documentation, assessment and emergency conservation treatment of the damage that occurred in the North Cemetery, where in excess of two hundred looters’ pits scar the site. This project will take on a junior conserver from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities who will gain important training from working as part of an international team and with specialists who will conduct this emergency conservation.

Conservation of Ptolemaic Coins and Statues from Abydos Project
Laurel Bestock, Brown University

During their 2011 excavation season, while excavating the exterior of subterranean ibis galleries, the Brown University’s Abydos Project discovered a hoard of 300 coins and three small statutes within a single sealed context. This hoard can be dated to the early Ptolemaic Period and offers a unique insight into their specific associations to the ibis galleries. Dr. Laurel Bestock has been awarded AEF support to conserve this material in order for it to be properly recorded for publication and for display in the Sohag Museum. This project will take on a junior conserver from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities who will gain important training from working with specialists conducting this type of metal conservation.

Conservation and Technical Study of Deteriorated Wood from the Abydos Middle Cemetery, Egypt Project
Suzanna Davis and Claudia Chemello, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan

The AEF committee is very pleased to support this project to develop international conservation guidelines for the treatment of severely deteriorated wood using material excavated from the Abydos Middle Cemetery Project. A team of scientists from the U.S. and Egypt will examine wooden artifacts excavated over a period of 13 years, consider conservation issues and make recommendations for excavation, conservation treatment and long term preservation of such material.

Documentation of the Monastery of St. Matthew the Potter, Esna Project
Jaroslaw Dobrowolski, ARCE

The AEF Committee has decided to support this project in order to continue and complete the architectural recording of a medieval Coptic monastery complex near Esna in Upper Egypt. The work will complement and enlarge documentation of the core part of the monastery produced by an ARCE-AEF project in 2010. It will contribute to a better understanding of the history at the roots of a living tradition that is still shaping the lives of the large community for which the monastery is a spiritual focal point and preserve through documentation, architecture and a traditional way of life that is rapidly disappearing in the face of modernization.


The Conservation and Documentation of the Tomb of Neferrenpet (TT 43)
Melinda Hartwig, Georgia State University

This project builds on methods and experience applied by Dr. Hartwig from Georgia State University who, with funding through ARCE from USAID, completed the scientific examination and digital recording of the Tomb of Menna (TT 69) (AUC Press 2013). The AEF Committee is now supporting a new project that will address critical conservation and documentation issues incorporating the latest in site surveying, archaeometric examination, conservation, photographic recording and digital drawing techniques.


Preservation of the Osiris Temple Decoration Project
Michelle Marlar, Morehouse College

Between 2002 and 2004 a large number of carved and painted wall fragments were recovered at the Osiris Temple in North Abydos under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania Museum - Yale University - Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Expedition. These fragments identify phases of architecture from both the New Kingdom and the 30th Dynasty. Together with extensive areas of preserved in situ architecture, the decorated material has shed light on one of the most important, yet one of the least understood temples in ancient Egypt. Dr. Marlar has been awarded an AEF grant in order to conserve, document and re-house this important material. This project will take on a junior conservator from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities who will gain important training from working with specialists conducting this type of stone and pigment conservation.


Collateral Damage: Assessing and Mitigating Massive Looting at El-Hibeh, Middle Egypt Project
Carol Redmont, University of California, Berkeley

In response to looting on a massive scale that occurred at the site of El-Hibeh in Middle Egypt, the AEF has awarded support for Dr. Carol Redmount to assess and mitigate the damage done after the events of January 2011. El Hibeh is important for its extensive and stratified Third Intermediate Period occupational stratigraphy and extensive cemeteries; the site was occupied additionally more or less continuously into early Islamic times. An extensive program of mapping and photography of disturbed architectural features will be undertaken, debris mounds made by the looters will be sieved and all objects and pottery will be carefully recovered, conserved and recorded.

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