Deir el-Bahari: Temple of Hatshepsut (Egipt), 2009

Deir el-Bahari: Temple of Hatshepsut (Egypt)

Dates of work: 25 October, 2008–10 April, 2009

Director: Dr. Zbigniew E. Szafrański, archaeologist (PCMA)
Deputy director: Mirosław Barwik, egyptologist (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)
Archaeologists: Marta Ćwiek (freelance), Ewa Czyżewska (PCMA), Kamila Dolata (State Archaeological Museum in Poznań), Tomasz Górecki (National Museum in Warsaw), Agnieszka Niemirka (PCMA scholarship holder), Iwona Zych (PCMA)
Egyptologists: Olga Białostocka (Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology scholarship holder), Andrzej Ćwiek (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Jadwiga Iwaszczuk (Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology scholarship holder), Cynthia May-Sheikhalislami (American University in Cairo), Frédéric Payraudeau (IFAO ), Marta Sankiewicz (PhD candidate, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Aliaksei Shukanau (IFAO scholarship holder), Anastazja Stupko (PCMA scholarship holder), Dawid F. Wieczorek (PhD candidate, Faculty of History, University of Warsaw)
Architects: Aleksandra Brzozowska (Wrocław University of Technology), Teresa Kaczor (Wrocław University of Technology), Andrzej Kwaśnica (freelance)
Architect, documentalist: Jacek Kościuch (Wrocław University of Technology)
Conservators: Rajmund Gazda (freelance), Krystyna Wadzyńska (freelance)
Painting restorer: Maria Lulkiewicz (freelance)
Sculptors, restorers: Wojciech Myjak (freelance), Andrzej Sośnierz (freelance)
Geologist: Michał Wasilewski (Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
Topographer: Waldemar Kubisz (GeoProjekt, Warsaw)
Engineering statics specialist: Mieczysław Michiewicz (freelance)
Technician: Mariusz Dybich (PCMA)
Photographer: Maciej Jawornicki (freelance)
Documentalist: Marek Puszkarski (PCMA)
Student trainees: Sarah Fortune (University of Manchester), Mariola Krasuska (PhD candidate, Maria Skłodowska-Curie University, Lublin), Przemysław Kulawiński (Faculty of History, University “La Sapienza”, Rome), Maria Mathia (PCMA scholarship holder), Agata Smilgin (PCMA scholarship holder)

The main objective of the season was the conservation and setting up a lighting system in the Northern Chamber of Amun-Re, the continued work in the Complex of the Royal Mortuary Cult, and the restoration and documentation work in the Main Sanctuary of Amun-Re, all in the Upper Terrace of the Temple. The restoration of the Complex of the Sun Cult was completed at the end of last season; the Complex is ready for opening for the public. The two Complexes were documented with application of 3D Scanning Technology. The method and the results of documentation were presented during lectures in the Museum of Mummification in Luxor and in the PCMA in Cairo. Statues of Hatshepsut, and related sculptures, sandstone painted sphinxes – moved from the Hasan Ali Storage Museum to Deir el-Bahari – were also a studied, as well as samples of different stones discovered in the precinct area.

[Text: PAM]

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