Jennifer Thum

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Ancient Egypt is often understood as a culture of “big building,” especially at the hands of its kings. Yet some of the best known and most important royal messages were inscribed not into built architecture, but into living rock, or stone that is still in situ. This project is the first discrete study of one such type of monument, royal living-rock stelae.

The Pyramid Complex of King Sahura- Protection, Restoration and Documentation

In 2019, the Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF) of the American Research Centre in Egypt (ARCE) funded the conservation project for the interior compartments of the pyramid complex of Sahura at Abusir. The major focus if the work was on cleaning the interior rooms as well as consolidating and restoring the pyramid substructure in order to prevent further collapse and to protect the pyramid.

The Hierakonpolis Expedition

Hierakonpolis (ancient Nekhen and modern Kom el Ahmar) is well-known as a major site for the study of Egypt’s predynastic and early dynastic periods, but this vast, multi-component site contains this and much more. It has long been famous as the find-spot of the palette of King Narmer, a potent icon for the birth of Egyptian civilization at c. 3100BC, indicating the site’s exalted status at this time.

Mortuary Complex of Pharaoh Senwosret III at South Abydos

Established ca. 1850 BCE by the 12th Dynasty king Senwosret III, the site of Wah-Sut-Khakaure-maa-kheru-em-Abdju (“Enduring are the Places of Khakaure-true of voice-in-Abydos”) was a royal mortuary complex focused on a subterranean royal tomb at the base of the high desert cliffs. A temple for Senwosret III stood at the edge of the Nile floodplain. A town site near the temple housed a population of administrators, priests and other personnel who maintained the king’s funerary cult. The cult of Senwosret III persisted over approximately three centuries at South Abydos.

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