Restoration & Conservation

Since the start of the project in 2008, the main concern has been the conservation and restoration of the temple structures and artefacts.

The majority of the temple’s architecture and features were constructed using the local bed rock and mud bricks.  Quarried bed rock was used to create different terrace levels, and mud bricks were used to build the containment walls, enclosure walls, the ramps and Pylon of the temple.  The main access ramp and the Peristyle Hall, Hypostyle Hall and Sanctuary area were paved with limestone and sandstone.

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Eleventh Archaeological Campaign 2018

Goals

On October 1st, 2018 the 11th consecutive archaeological field season will begin at the site of the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmosis III. Since the beginning, the project has not seized contributing interesting materials to Egyptian archaeology. During this season, the excavations will continue in some areas that were already opened during previous field seasons along with some new areas that will also be opened. Besides, the documentation work on materials will continue, as well as the restoration works, both on mudbrick structures and on the objects found on site. Consequently, progress will be made with the site management, intervening in some sectors that are already excavated and restored.

Concerning the mentioned areas, the main objectives of this field season will be focused on the followings:

  • To continue with excavation and restoration works on the western enclosure wall, to be able to complete the studies on the walls and make a historical assessment of the various stamps found on mudbricks.
  • To continue the reconstruction work of some architectural elements of the upper terrace.
  • To continue with the archaeological excavations at the stores and workshops sectors of the Temple located in the north, which is a priority area during this field season.
  • To proceed with the archaeological excavations at the necropolis of the XI Dynasty, located outside the north enclosure wall. So far, twenty-nine pit-graves have been located and there is still a large sector to be excavated, keeping in mind that some of the pit-graves had not been disturbed and have produced some interesting materials.
  • To continue with the archaeological excavations of the necropolis of the Late Period located outside the northwest corner of the enclosure wall. Excavations will begin on a new tomb found during the previous field season, and which has the consecutive number 27.
  • To resume the study on mummies and bones that have been found in various tombs, to increase the anthropological investigations of individuals found in various necropolises, to evaluate their habits, diseases and or eating habits.
  • To investigate the fragments of stelae and other objects found in the temple, as well as documenting the large amount of diverse materials of various kinds that were basically coming from tombs.
  • Continuing the topographical surveying works.

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Tenth Archaeological Campaign 2017

Goals

This tenth field season contributes in substantial amount of new material to Egyptian archaeology. Therefore, new and unpublished data that enable us to better understand a historical phase that was one of the turning points of the history of Ancient Egypt: the reign of Thutmosis III. Not to mention the new data from the Ramesside Period structure, as well as the data from the necropolis, which contains niches that dates to the XIth Dynasty, and other dates to the XIIth Dynasty, which contained the bodies of noble families as well as an architectural complex of late period burials that possibly correspond to the XXVth and XXVIth Dynasties.

In this regards, our main objectives are:
• To continue the excavation and restoration works on the west enclosure wall with the object of completing the studies on walls and carrying out a historical assessment based on various stamped seals found on mudbricks of the walls.
• To continue the excavations of the high terrace to move forward with the assessment of the whole zone.
• To resume excavations of the XIth Dynasty necropolis, located outside of the northeast corner of the enclosure wall, as well as the Late Period necropolis located outside of the northwest corner of the enclosure wall, to complete the studies already initiated in the previous season.
• To continue with the study of mummies and human remains found in tombs.
• To restore the Cartonnage discovered last season, as well as a series of objects found in tombs.
• To continue with the retrieval of architectural features and to protect them with mudbricks.
• To apply 3D technology to be able to complete a modern view of the temple and necropolis.
• To continue with topographic research.

2017 campaign is our project’s tenth field season, which is contributing in substantial amount of new material to Egyptian archaeology. Therefore, new and unpublished data that enable us to better understand a historical phase that was one of the turning points of the history of Ancient Egypt: the reign of Thutmosis III. Not to mention the new data from the Ramesside Period as well as the data from the necropolis, which contains niches dates to the 11th Dynasty, and another one, dates to the 12th Dynasty, which contained the bodies of noble families as well as an architectural complex of late period burials, which, tentatively, may correspond to the 25th and 26th dynasties.

In view of this, our main objectives are:

  • To continue the excavation and restoration works on the west enclosure wall with the object of completing the studies on the walls and carrying out a historical assessment based on the various stamped seals on the mudbricks of the walls.
  • To continue the excavations of the high terrace to move forward with the assessment of the whole zone.
  • To continue with the excavations of the 11th Dynasty necropolis, located outside of the northeast corner of the outer wall, as well as the Late Period necropolis located outside of the northwest corner of the outer wall, to complete the studies already initiated in the previous season.
  • To continue with the study of mummies and human remains found in tombs.
  • To restore the Cartonnage discovered last year as well as a series of objects found in the tombs.
  • To continue with the retrieval of architectural features and to protect them with mudbricks.
  • To apply 3D technology in order to complete a modern view of the temple and necropolis.
  • To continue with topographic research.

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Eighth Archaeological Campaign 2015

Goals

The eighth archaeological field season started on September 29 where work will resume in various fields of research until December 22, 2015.During this season, we will continue the excavations and restorations of the large mudbrick structure of the enclosure wall where the focus will be on the northeast corner of the western wall.

The excavations will be undertaken on several areas: the upper terrace, the magazines area and the exterior areas of the northern and southern enclosure walls. Excavations at the entrance of the second courtyard is planned to be completed during this season, to be able to complete restoration works at this area.

Documentation works of the numerous numbers of fragments, both of limestone and sandstone, which formed the walls and decoration of the temple will be resumed as well. In this regard, there are two ongoing investigations: a study regarding the group of sandstone fragments and an epigraphic study of the limestone fragments.

We will continue the investigation of the architectural peculiarities of the Middle Kingdom tombs located beneath the temple, as well as the materials that were found in some of them.
We will also proceed with the cataloging of the epigraphic and iconographic elements of numerous fragments of offering vessels found east of the pylon entrance.

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Seventh Archaeological Campaign 2014

Goals

During this season, we will continue the excavations by the upper terrace where many fragments that belong to the walls of the chapels of the temple are located. This area needs to be excavated prior to the reconstruction of these walls.

Also, the work will continue at the northern part of the second courtyard, where great discoveries were made last season, with a number of structures from the Ramesside period located in an area in which would be the temple stores.

We will continue the excavations and restorations of the enclosure wall of the temple. Presently, we are working on the eastern and northern segments of the enclosure wall, hoping to get started on the western segment, which includes an area with high archaeological potential.

The excavations will also continue in tombs found under the temple, in fact and as we are writing this, we have just located a new tomb that will take the serial No. XIII.

Among the objectives for this season, we would like to resume the negotiations that would result in removing the houses that are located partly on the pylon by the entrance to the temple. If this area can be evicted, we would be able to open new and very extensive excavations of this area of high archaeological potential.

A geophysical study will be performed over the road area where the first courtyard of the temple is located, as well as the area in front of the pylon entrance, where the supposed harbor of the temple should be located, which is yet to be identified.

The documentation process of the enormous amount of material will continue updating the database. The team members have been increased for this season for members who exclusively to help on the documentation of thousands of stone fragments produced by excavations over the years. This is a fundamental phase as basis of any future research on our site.

Our restoration team will continue to perform the same restoration methodology on various features within the temple. We will also continue the pottery studies on the large amount of fragments from different periods. And finally, we will cast light upon the fragments of wooden objects and remains of tree roots found in different parts of the site to determine the types of trees used within this temple.

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Assessment of 2013 Campaign

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The three months of the 2013 season have provided a great quantity of new materials for study, some of which are of notable interest.

Among the pieces more noteworthy, we have to emphasize two lintels, one of limestone and the other of sandstone, which show a similar composition: two cartouches with the birth and throne names of the pharaoh in the middle, flanked by the figure of a priest with raised arms and in worshipping posture. The inscriptions which accompany the figures of the lintel of limestone mention that it is a priest of Menkheperre called Khonsu, whereas the lintel of sandstone preserves the name of Khonsu in one of the figures and of an individual called Tjay in the other one. Preliminary study allows us to state that Khonsu lived during the reign of Ramesses II.

Near these lintels it was found the lower half of statues of black granite: one of which, of high quality, contains inscriptions alluding to Thutmose III and the other to an individual called Hesy-pu.

In regards to statuary we have to highlight a third find: the head of black granite statue which must have belonged to a deity or to a high-level official.

To these materials we have to add numerous items coming from a tomb prior to the temple and which had been robbed in the past, various fragments of stelae and parts of wine vessels stoppers made of mud that contain interesting seals.


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.

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Second archaeological campaign 2009

The second archaeological campaign at the Mortuary Temple of Thutmosis III took place from the beginning of November until the middle of December 2009. As in the previous season, the campaign was funded by the Spanish petrol company CEPSA.
During this season, excavations continued on the main ramp, along with the investigations to reveal the façade of the containment wall of the Peristyle hall. The restoration and protection of the architectural features of the Second Court continued as well, while excavations in area of the Hypostyle hall were initiated.

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