The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund

The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to support research and conservation of Egyptian history and culture.

The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a private, non-profit organization with a mission is to support research and conservation on Egyptian history and culture.

Mission: We seek to record and publish sites and monuments at risk from agricultural and urban expansion, looting and vandalism and climate change in Egypt.

End of the season blog~more to come!  http://www.ancientegyptarchaeologyfund.com/deir-el-ballas-2019-2020-week-9-1-25/
02/03/2020
Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 9: 1/25 – The Ancient Egypt Heritage and archeology Fund

End of the season blog~more to come! http://www.ancientegyptarchaeologyfund.com/deir-el-ballas-2019-2020-week-9-1-25/

31 Jan Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 9: 1/25 Admin2020-01-31T21:30:22+00:00 By Admin Blog Comments Off on Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 9: 1/25 The last day for the season. We have covered up the exposed ancient brick with sand to protect it until next year when we can cap it with new mud-brick to...

New bricks drying for next season!
01/29/2020

New bricks drying for next season!

01/10/2020
Restoration work beginning now on the North Palace and its enclosure wall.
01/10/2020

Restoration work beginning now on the North Palace and its enclosure wall.

01/08/2020

Finishing work on the "South Palace" for this season. Now on to the North Palace!

12/31/2019

Work has resumed on the restoration of the "South Palace"

http://www.ancientegyptarchaeologyfund.com/deir-el-ballas-2019-2020-week-3-12-14-12-19/
12/21/2019
Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 3: 12/14-12/19 – The Ancient Egypt Heritage and archeology Fund

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21 Dec Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 3: 12/14-12/19 Admin2019-12-21T17:03:33+00:00 By Admin Blog Comments Off on Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 3: 12/14-12/19 This week we sadly said goodbye to Tony Crosby who returned to Texas after finishing the reconstruction of House D. Nick Brown and Vicky Jen...

Restoration begun on House D by the North Palace.  Houses A, B, and C destroyed by the expansion of the cemetery.
12/07/2019

Restoration begun on House D by the North Palace. Houses A, B, and C destroyed by the expansion of the cemetery.

Today we moved to the houses by the North Palace that have been threatened by the expansion of the modern cemetery.  We ...
12/05/2019

Today we moved to the houses by the North Palace that have been threatened by the expansion of the modern cemetery. We will begin reconstruction to try and preserve them when we are back to work on Saturday.

12/04/2019

Work on the South Palace

We started work at the site today and are comfortably ensconced in Luxor thanks to the kindness of Pearce Paul Creasman ...
12/03/2019

We started work at the site today and are comfortably ensconced in Luxor thanks to the kindness of Pearce Paul Creasman and the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition for letting us stay in Wilkinson House.

11/30/2019

For giving Tuesday- double your contribution courtesy of Facebook!

Help support our 2019-2020 fieldwork!

Deir el-Ballas is critical for our understanding of the rise of the New Kingdom and
The development of cities in ancient Egypt but is threatened with destruction unless we
are able to protect the site and properly record it. Our season has just begun but we need
your contributions to help further this important work. We have made significant progress last season in the stabilization and restoration of the ‘South Palace’ but we need your support to our goals to restore and safeguard the other threatened monuments at the site. At 8:00 am EST (5:00 am PST) on December 3, 2019, the Faceboon match will go live, matching dollar for dollar on a first-come, first-served basis until $7M in eligible donations are matched.

11/07/2019

Off to Cairo. Permissions set and work at Deir el-Ballas starts Dec. 1st. Stay tuned!

The Oral History project in ARCE's magazine Scribe:
11/07/2019

The Oral History project in ARCE's magazine Scribe:

Kerma bed update….The reproduction bed is almost complete and has been funded by a generous contribution from the member...
10/24/2019

Kerma bed update….

The reproduction bed is almost complete and has been funded by a generous contribution from the members of our 2016 Sudan Tour in honor of Charles BonnetAfter the frame of the Kerma bed was constructed to the exact specifications worked out by Dows Dunham by master woodworker Peter Leue, what remained were replicating the inlays for the footboard. Luckily, a recent addition to Lark Street in Albany is Yamaguchie, a custom woodwork boutique. There were able to laser cut a footboard and inlays that were replicas of the one copied for the Boston Museum bed.

The inlays on the Kerma beds were largely made out of hippopotamus ivory and varied, evolving from simple geometric forms in the earlier examples to plants and animals like elephants, turtles, ostriches, bustards and deities like Thueris and a unique flying giraffe. The bed reproduced by Dunham for Boston was based on a bed from Kerma tumulus K 1053 dating to circa 1550 B. C. (BMFA 13.4219-23). That bed had a footboard inlaid with rows of Ibex, Thueris (a composite hippopotamus, lion and crocodile goddess worshipped both in Egypt and in Nubia) and hyenas.

The inlays for this bed were laser cut out of the basswood substrate and then painted and coated to look like the ivory originals and inlaid into the basswood substrate veneered in African mahogany to match the bed construction which in turn simulated the acacia of the Nubian originals.

All that now remains to be finished are the turtle/frog ? inlays on the footboard braces and the leather lacing.

Please Help Support Our Work!We are now planning our next field season at Deir el-Ballas this coming December-January.  ...
09/25/2019

Please Help Support Our Work!

We are now planning our next field season at Deir el-Ballas this coming December-January. We have made great process in restoring and safeguarding the "South Palace," but we have a great more do and every contribution counts in saving this important site.

The Kerma bed reproduction updateAlbany is fortunate to have many fine artists and artisans.  After the frame of the Ker...
09/02/2019

The Kerma bed reproduction updateAlbany is fortunate to have many fine artists and artisans. After the frame of the Kerma bed was constructed to the exact specifications worked out by Dows Dunham by master woodworker Peter Leue, what remained were replicating the inlays for the footboard. Luckily, a recent addition to Lark Street is Yamaguchie, a custom woodwork boutique. There were able to laser cut a footboard and inlays that were replicas of the one copied for the Boston Museum bed.

The hippopotamus ivory inlays on the Kerma beds varied, evolving from simple geometric forms in the earlier examples to plants and animals like elephants, turtles, ostriches, bustards and deities like Thueris and a unique flying giraffe. The bed reproduced by Dunham for Boston was based on a bed 13.4219-23 from Kerma tumulus K 1053 dating to circa 1550 B. C. That bed had a footboard inlaid with rows of Ibex, Thueris (a composite hippopotamus, lion and crocodile goddess worshipped both in Egypt and in Nubia) and hyenas.

The inlays for this bed were laser cut out of the basswood substrate and then painted and coated to look like the ivory originals and inlaid into the basswood substrate veneered in African mahogany to match the bed construction which in turn simulated the acacia of the Nubian originals.

Our latest interview with Donald Redford is now up- Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to the Fund which has...
07/24/2019

Our latest interview with Donald Redford is now up- Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to the Fund which has made this project possible.

Untitled Album
07/13/2019

Untitled Album

One of the projects of the Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a series on the Oral History of American Eg...
07/13/2019

One of the projects of the Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a series on the Oral History of American Egyptology. We hope to document the careers of some of the most prominent Egyptologists in the field. So far we have been able to record video oral history interviews with David O’Connor, Christine Lilyquist, Kent Weeks and Jack Josephson. Our latest interview has been with Donald B. Redford and we have many more projected for the future. This project has been entirely funded by generous contributions through the Fund’s page

The Kerma bed replica is now largely done, all that remains is the finish coat, adding the rawhide lacing and inlays.  I...
07/08/2019

The Kerma bed replica is now largely done, all that remains is the finish coat, adding the rawhide lacing and inlays. It was crafted out of African mahogany as was Dow’s Dunham’s reproduction which most resembled the acacia of the ancient beds. This reproduction was crafted by Peter Leue, a renowned artisan who specializes in historical woodwork. He researched Dunham’s reconstruction and the records of the original beds found at Kerma. Like them, no nails were used instead the joints are expertly fitted and held together more than76 tiny wooden pegs. The dimensions of the bed are 71 inches long by 26 inches wide by 28 inches high at the footboard.

The bed will be featured in an upcoming traveling exhibition featuring Dows Dunham and his excavations in Nubia and Egypt organized by the Albany Institute of History and Art. After the run of the exhibition it will be presented to the Kerma Site Museum as a gift from the participants of Peter Lacovara’s Sudan tour in 2016 in honor of Charles Bonnet.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
04/07/2019

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Happy #NationalBeerDay! Humans have been sipping on their favorite brews for over 5,000 years-- check out these beer cups from #AncientEgypt, on view now at the #HearstMuseum.

The recent fieldwork of the Tell Edfu Project of The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, directed by Prof. Nadine...
01/03/2019

The recent fieldwork of the Tell Edfu Project of The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, directed by Prof. Nadine MOELLER and Dr. Gregory MAROUARD, has discovered in November 2018 new evidence for a vast domestic quarter dating to the beginning of 18thDynasty at Tell Edfu. Excavations have focused on a large urban villa of about 400 square-meters, which dates from the early Thutmoside period (ca. 1500-1450 BC ). This building is similar in plan to "House A" by the North Palace we re-cleared this season. While people tend to think of the Tell el Amarna Villa as a typical ancient Egyptian house, they were in fact, quite unusual and largely limited to Amarna itself. Houses like the Edfu and Deir el-Ballas houses were more typical but there was quite a variety in which the standard elements of a house- a central court, bedrooms, store rooms, etc would be laid out. For story and more pics, follow the link
https://telledfu.uchicago.edu/…/press-release-dec-25th-2018…

Painted limestone monkey with baby from Deir el-Ballas.  Phoebe A. Hearst Museum 6-826 (drawing by Andrew Boyce)
12/25/2018

Painted limestone monkey with baby from Deir el-Ballas. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum 6-826 (drawing by Andrew Boyce)

Salima and me with the new 'AUC' stamped mud bricks for the 'South Palace' restoration.
12/20/2018

Salima and me with the new 'AUC' stamped mud bricks for the 'South Palace' restoration.

We are lucky to have Nicholas Warner and Salima Ikram working with us.   Nicholas has helped us identify some of the lat...
12/17/2018

We are lucky to have Nicholas Warner and Salima Ikram working with us. Nicholas has helped us identify some of the later features of the Coptic Church that was built inside the North Palace- hence the name Deir el-Ballas... And Salima has helped us with outreach with the local population and has a whole new generation of young fans from the local school!

Stairway to heaven!  Cleaning the great stair in the "South Palace"
12/16/2018

Stairway to heaven! Cleaning the great stair in the "South Palace"

12/14/2018
Egyptologist Jack Josephson Discusses His Career

Jack Josephson an expert on the art history of the Egyptian Late Period and studied at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University (NYU), under the tutelage of Bernard Bothmer. He authored a catalog of the Late Period Sculpture In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and was appointed Chairman of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the United States by President George H. W. Bush. He also became chairman of the International Foundation for Art Research. He also excavated at the site of Mendes in the Delta and has been working on the recent discoveries of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo at Abydos and the art of Egypt’s earliest dynasties.

Today is our day off, but no rest for us- I'm headed to Chicago House Library and Piet is downloading survey data.  Here...
12/14/2018

Today is our day off, but no rest for us- I'm headed to Chicago House Library and Piet is downloading survey data. Here he is on top of the South Hill at Deir el-Ballas.

Began clearing the debris and fallen rubble from the "South Palace"
12/12/2018

Began clearing the debris and fallen rubble from the "South Palace"

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General information

The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to support research and conservation of Egyptian history and culture. In particular, it seeks to record and publish sites and monuments at risk from agricultural and urban expansion, looting, and vandalism and climate change. As a pilot for a series on the oral history of American Egyptology, we recorded a video oral history interview with David O’Connor, one of the country’s leading archaeologists. He gave a wonderful overview of his more than sixty years of working in Egypt. We also received permission to work at Deir el-Ballas, as the forward capital for the Theban kings during the Hyksos expulsion, Deir el-Ballas is of great archaeological and historic importance, but the site is at extreme risk from both looting and from the uncontrolled expansion of the neighboring modern town. Our fieldwork will dovetail with a grant we received from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications to prepare the results of the original expedition conducted at the site in 1900-1901 by George Andrew Reisner working for the Phoebe A. Hearst Expedition of the University of California. The new expedition’s work and the publication grant provides an opportunity to revisit and transmit the earlier work which has never seen the light of day. Despite its long neglect, Deir el-Ballas is a particularly important resource for information on the development of urbanism and the state in ancient Egypt at one of the most pivotal points on its history.

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