Asasif (Egypt), 2015

Deir el-Bahari: Asasif Project


Dates of work: 30 August–28 September 2015

Director: Patryk Chudzik, archaeologist (Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław)
SCA representative: Mahmoud Abd el Rakhim Selmen
Archaeologist: Adam Grylak (Institute of Archaeology, University of Wrocław)
Architects: Mariusz Caban (Faculty of Architecture, Wrocław University of Technology), Anna Caban (freelance)
Photographer: Maciej Jawornicki (freelance)

Investigations in the North Asasif necropolis, conducted by a team of Polish archaeologists in 2015, focused on three Middle Kingdom complexes: MMA 508/TT 311, MMA 511, and MMA 517/TT 240. A surface collection of finds from the courtyards was studied and prepared for storage, and artifacts from inside the tombs were documented. The overall picture of illicit penetration of the complexes in later periods and their reuse, mainly in the Third Intermediate Period and the Late Period, is supported by the finds. Moreover, proof of the presence of Coptic monks was found in tomb MMA 517/TT 240.

Text: Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 25

P. Chudzik: pchudzik71(at)