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Tomb of Ancient Egyptian priest undergoes restoration in Deir el-Bahari Necropolis

Egypt, Luxor
September 10, 2019 at 12:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

The tomb of an Ancient Egyptian priest in the Deir el-Bahari Necropolis near the Egyptian city of Luxor, has undergone extensive restoration by the South Asasif Conservation Project.

Footage filmed on Tuesday shows the carefully reconstructed temple and tomb of Karakhamun along with several stone fragments with Hieroglyphs inscribed.

The tombs, as well as a temple, were built by high priest Karakhamun of the Ancient Egyptian god Amun. The complex was almost totally collapsed by the start of the 21st century, however after extensive restoration work by the South Asasif Conservation Project, it is now returning to its former glory.

"We discovered more than 30,000 fragments and shattered decorations and made it our mission in life to rebuild the tomb of Karakhamun and put all these fragments back where they belong," Director of South Asasif Conservation Project Elena Pischikova said.

The South Asasif Conservation Project was founded in 2006 with the aim of restoring and reconstructing the three heavily damaged Kushite tombs belonging to high levels officials in the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes.

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The tomb of an Ancient Egyptian priest in the Deir el-Bahari Necropolis near the Egyptian city of Luxor, has undergone extensive restoration by the South Asasif Conservation Project.

Footage filmed on Tuesday shows the carefully reconstructed temple and tomb of Karakhamun along with several stone fragments with Hieroglyphs inscribed.

The tombs, as well as a temple, were built by high priest Karakhamun of the Ancient Egyptian god Amun. The complex was almost totally collapsed by the start of the 21st century, however after extensive restoration work by the South Asasif Conservation Project, it is now returning to its former glory.

"We discovered more than 30,000 fragments and shattered decorations and made it our mission in life to rebuild the tomb of Karakhamun and put all these fragments back where they belong," Director of South Asasif Conservation Project Elena Pischikova said.

The South Asasif Conservation Project was founded in 2006 with the aim of restoring and reconstructing the three heavily damaged Kushite tombs belonging to high levels officials in the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes.

W/S Deir el-Bahari Necropolis, Luxor

M/S Temple of Karakhamun

M/S Fragments from the tomb of Karakhamun

C/U Hieroglyphs on stone fragment

M/S Temple of Karakhamun

M/S Temple of Karakhamun

M/S Hieroglyphs on temple wall

C/U Hieroglyphs on temple wall

M/S Fragments from the tomb of Karakhamun

C/U Hieroglyphs on stone fragment

M/S Statue in temple of Karakhamun

C/U Statue in temple of Karakhamun

SOT, Elena Pischikova, Director of South Asasif Conservation Project: "The place we are standing right now is the tomb of Karakhamun. Karakhamun was an aq-priest [High Priest] of Amun, a high positioned official of dynasty 25. He was born in Kush in Nubia, in today’s Sudan. He probably came to Egypt as an already high positioned person and started building this tomb. This incredible, beautifully decorated, rich tomb. This tomb unfortunately collapsed completely by the beginning of the 21st century, nothing was visible."

M/S Statue in temple of Karakhamun

W/S Worker in temple of Karakhamun

SOT, Elena Pischikova, Director of South Asasif Conservation Project: "We discovered more than 30,000 fragments and shattered decorations and made it our mission in life to rebuild the tomb of Karakhamun and put all these fragments back where they belong. It’s been fourteen years and we’re still here, Karakhamun is rebuilt and we continue decorating it so we are bringing back to life this tomb and Karakhamun himself."

M/S Entrance to tomb of Karakhamun

M/S Man descending ladder to tomb of Karakhamun

M/S Tomb of Karakhamun

C/U Pictogram on wall of tomb of Karakhamun

M/S Tomb of Karakhamun

C/U Pictogram on ceiling of tomb of Karakhamun

M/S Tomb opening

SOT, Mohamed Ahmed, Archaeologist (Arabic): "We collect artifacts from excavations, clean them, strengthen weak pieces and assemble them in a box. We collect certain pieces so that we can recreate texts that tell us more about the tomb."

C/U Inscriptions on wall of tomb

C/U Detail on temple wall

M/S Tomb of Karakhamun

W/S Deir el-Bahari Necropolis

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