The "Harwa 2001" ONLUS Cultural Association presents
 The Tomb of Harwa

Report of the 1997 Season


Our conservator tested the method she used last year for cleaning the bat guano from the walls in a limited part of the Second Pillared Hall. The results proved to be more than satisfactory, so we decided to extend the use of this cleaning method. A conservator from the SCA joined our team. We placed two workmen under his direction, thereby, creating a restoration team that can continue conservation activities in the future.

It was then possible to increase the speed of the conservation work. We cleaned the majority of the southwestern corner of the Second Pillared Hall (Fig. 9).

Here, the restoration method proved to be very effective and very accurate. The complete cleaning of the guano led to the discovery of a row of formerly unseen illustrations in the middle of the wall. The illustrations are related to the purification ritual of the mummy and are identical to those at the top of the walls of the hall (Fig. 10)