First archaeological campaign 2008

The main objectives of this campaign were the excavation, restoration, and site management of the Mortuary Temple of Thutmosis III, located on the West bank of Luxor.

The first archaeological investigation was carried out from the middle of September until the end of October 2008. During this campaign, specialists of different nationalities, including two Spanish members, formed the team.  The work was entirely sponsored by the Spanish petrol company CEPSA.


The investigation began with preliminary architectural mapping of the temple site.  When this was completed, focus shifted to the main ramp, which connects the Second Court to the Peristyle Hall, and to the area on the exterior of the South enclosure wall.

Plano de Weigall
Weigall plane. Hypothesis floor of the temple of Tuthmosis III. A.E.P. Weigall, ASAE 8, 1907

Plano de Herbert Ricke

Herbert Ricke plane. Hypothesis floor of the temple of Tuthmosis III.
Plate 5. Ricker, Herbert. "Der Tontentempel Thutmoses III" Germany

The results of this investigation exceeded expectations, with the identification and mapping of thousands of sandstone and limestone reliefs and inscriptions. A number of the larger blocks attest to the exceptional artistic skills used in the execution of the decoration.  Others retain polichromy of a high quality.

Preliminary studies on the decorative theme of the murals of the temple reveal both religious and political aspects. Dr. Seco hopes that future campaigns will produce more information regarding one of the most longest and fascinating periods of Egyptian history.

Work was also conducted on the Pylon during the first campaign. This area was covered with a thick layer of debris produced by a modern alabaster factory built on top of a section of the South pylon. In some area the debris reached a depth of 1.5 m.  Considerable effort was needed to clear the debris, as evidenced by over forty truck loads of debris removed.