Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Missions working in Egypt, South Asasif Conservation Project: July in South Asasif [ Part II ]

This season our main conservation efforts are concentrated in the Second Pillared Hall of the tomb of Karakhamun. 

In July our international team of conservators, artists and researchers started recreating the doorframe on the south wall of the hall. Abdel Razk, Ali Hassen, Tayeb Hassen, Hassan Eldemerdash, Sayed Abo Gad, Anthony Browder and Katherine Blakeney are proudly presenting the first results.

Delivery of steel rods by Darren McKnight allowed us to start one of the main phases of the reconstruction process planned for the season – securing the architrave on top of the pillars of the north aisle.

Beautiful sections of a monumental architrave topped with cavetto cornice were uncovered during the 2009-2010 seasons. Numerous titles of Karakhamun and the cornice still retain their original bright colours.

After numerous preparations and measurements the first fragment was lifted today and placed on top of the second pillar. Ken Griffin is taking in the long-anticipated moment.

The high central aisle of the court, topped with a monumental cavetto, will create a temple type processional passage to the focal point of the Second Pillared Hall and the whole tomb of Karakahamun – the statue of Osiris.

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