Marina el-Alamein (Egipt), 2009

Marina el-Alamein (Egypt)

Dates of work: 16 April–4 June 2009

Directors: Prof. Stanisław Medeksza, architect (Wrocław University of Technology)
Deputy director: Dr. Rafał Czerner, architect (Wrocław University of Technology)
SCA representative: Boutros Dioskoros (Marina Site Director), Ahmed Musa (Director of Conservation Affairs), Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Amin (SCA inspector)
Architects: Wiesław Grzegorek (freelance), Aleksandra Brzozowska (PhD candidate, Wrocław University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture)
Archaeologists: Dr. Grażyna Bąkowska-Czerner (Jagiellonian University), Katarzyna Lach (PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
Archaeologist, pottery expert: Dr. Grzegorz Majcherek (PCMA)
Restorers (stone and sculpture): Irma Fuks-Rembisz (Wilanów Palace-Museum, Warsaw), Piotr Zambrzycki (Inter-Academy Institute of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art)
Geologists: Małgorzata Mrozek-Wysocka, Assoc. Prof. Janusz Skoczylas (both Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

In 2009 the Polish–Egyptian Restoration Mission to Marina el-Alamein proceeded with another season of conservation work in heavily constrained circumstances. Architectural studies preceding building conservation work were carried out in House H1, where the Mission has been active over the past few seasons. It was established that the house had an inner peristyle consisting of two tiers corresponding to building floors: pseudo-Corinthian of the Marina type on the ground floor and pseudo-Corinthian or pseudo-Ionic of the Marina type on the upper floor. A similar tiered architectural decoration was noted in the incomplete peristyle (unit 4) of the Southern Baths just off the presumed Main Town Square. Work continued on clearing the chambers of the baths and accomplishing preservation, conservation and subsequently building restoration works. A marble plaque with an inscription, found previously, was subjected to conservation treatment once standard condition monitoring demonstrated progressive deterioration of the state of this object.

[Text: PAM]

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