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.

Read more ...

Tenth Archaeological Campaign 2017

Goals

The 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 Therefore, new and unpublished data that enable us to better understand a historical phase that was one of the turning points of the history of Ancient Egypt: the reign of Thutmosis III.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.

ContratacionObrerosPrimerDia02

ElaboracionAdobes02

EntradaTumba26

EntradaZonaHathor

LimpiezaPilono02

NecropolisDinastiaXI 02

PromontorioDinastiaXI

Canteros


Eighth Archaeological Campaign 2015

Goals

The eighth archaeological campaign in the Temple of Millions of Years of Thutmosis III in Luxor started recently on September 29. The works in the various field disciplines will continue until December 22, 2015.

During this year, we will continue the tasks of excavation and corresponding restoration of the mud brick enclosure wall.  The work will be focused on the northeast corner of the western wall.

The excavations will be undertaken on several fronts: the upper terrace, the magazines‘ area and the exterior of the northern and southern enclosure walls.  We will also finish the area of the entrance to the second courtyard in order to be able to complete the work of restoration in that area.

We will continue the work of documentation of the great quantity of fragments, both of limestone and sandstone, which formed the walls and decoration of the temple. In this regard, there are two ongoing works of investigation: 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 underneath the temple, as well as of 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 which were found east of the entrance pylon.


Seventh Archaeological Campaign 2014

Goals

During the current 2014 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, and we are hoping to get started on the western segment, which includes an area with high archaeological potential.

We will also continue excavations 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. 13.

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

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, in which must have been the harbor of the temple located, that is still unidentified.

We will continue with documentation process of the enormous amount of material to keep updating the database. For the current season, we have increased the number of our team members who are dedicated exclusively to the documentation of thousands of stone fragments that came from the excavation works over the years. This is a fundamental step, as it is the basis of any future research on our site.

Our restoration team will continue to perform the same methodology of restoration on various aspects within the temple. We will also continue studies on the large amount of pottery from different periods that have been found and continue to be found. 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.

Rampa Rampa Rampa Rampa Rampa Rampa Rampa

Visit of authorities Visit of authorities Visit of authorities Visit of authorities South view Funerary before excavation Sarcophagus place


Assessment of 2013 Campaign

Granite Head

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.

Read more ...

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 year, the campaign was funded by the Spanish petrol company CEPSA.

During this season, excavation of the main ramp continued, along with efforts 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, while excavations in area of the Hypostyle hall were initiated.

Read more ...

Third archaeological campaign 2010

The third consecutive campaign of archaeological investigations at the mortuary temple of Thutmosis III was carried out between October 2nd and December 17th 2010. The campaign was made possible by the continued support of CEPSA, with additional support from the Marcelino Botin Foundation, enabling the campaign to be prolonged. This led to a marked increase in the amount of work achieved by the joint Spanish-Egyptian team.

The team was reinforced this season by the addition of several members of the Department of Fine art and Archaeology at the University of Granada.  Several graduate students, specialising in Egyptology, Archaeology and Restoration, also joined the team in order to gain valuable field experience.

Read more ...