Deir el-Bahari: Temple of Hatshepsut (Egypt), 2008

Deir el-Bahari: Temple of Hatshepsut (Egypt)

Dates of work: 5 November 2007–7 April 2008

Team:

Director: Dr. Zbigniew E. Szafrański, archaeologist (PCMA)

SCA representative: Ahmed Ezzel-Din Ismail, Ashraf Nasr Mobarak, Abel Rahman Ahmed Hassin, Mahmoud Abdellah Mohammed Ammar, Abdel Fatah Kader Hamed

Egyptologists/archaeologists: Olga Białostocka (Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Marta Cytryńska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Ewa Czyżewska (PCMA), Andrzej Ćwiek (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań), Marta Ćwiek (Poznań Archaeological Museum), Jadwiga Iwaszczuk (Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Edyta Kopp (Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw), Frederic Payraudeau (Ifao), Anastazja Stupko (Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology, Polish Academy of Sciences), Eliza Szpakowska (PCMA), Dawid F. Wieczorek (Faculty of History, University of Warsaw)

Conservators: Iza Uchman-Laskowska (Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts), Marta Banaś (Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts), Barbara Czaja-Szewczak (Wilanów Palace Museum, Warsaw), Maria Lulkiewicz-Podkowińska (freelance), Wojciech Myjak (freelance), Maria Sęk (Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts), Andrzej Sośnierz (freelance)

Architects: Teresa Kaczor, Aleksandra Brzozowska (both Faculty of Architecture, Wrocław University of Technology)

Engineer-constructor: Mieczysław Michiewicz (freelance)

Photographer: Maciej Jawornicki (freelance)

Documentalists: Marek Puszkarski (PCMA), Grażyna Zborowska (Warsaw Historical Museum)

Technician: Mariusz Dybich (PCMA)

Student-trainees: Katarzyna Gozdawa, Fabiola Kolago, Maria Mathia, Agata Smilgin

Restorers and egyptologists from the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology completed another season in the Hatshepsut Temple in Deir el-Bahari, concentrating on the conservation and restoration of the Sun Cult Complex in the Upper Terrace of the Temple, the conservation of the Southern Chamber of Amun-Re, and the continued excavation and documentation of the Complex of Royal Mortuary Cult. In the Chapel of Hatshepsut excavations checking the wall foundations for conservation purposes brought to light a mixed assemblage of artifacts, including both Third Intermediate Period objects and architectural elements from the Coptic church once installed in the chapel. Statues of Hatshepsut and related sculptures, especially sphinxes, were studied and documentation made of stone artifacts from the precinct kept in storerooms.

[Text: PAM]

Contact
Z.E. Szafrański: z.szafranski@uw.edu.pl