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

Report of the 2001 Season


During 2001 two different campaigns took place in the funerary complex of Harwa and Akhimenru. The first campaign, in Spring, lasted from April 10th to 26th; the second, in Autumn, from October 14th and ended on December 13th.

The spring campaign was aimed mainly at excavating over the monumental entrance and in the centre of the courtyard. Also the epigraphic work continued in the First Pillared Hall.  In Autumn, excavations in the open courtyard, begun in 1999, were continued. At the beginning of Ramadan we moved inside the tomb and began the clearance of debris from the funerary rooms. During the season some rooms of the tomb were fitted with shelving, in order to store the decorated fragments recovered during past excavations. In the first pillared room, the southern row of pillars was almost completely rebuilt in wood to facilitate the identification of decorated blocks and the subsequent reconstruction of the pillars in stone.

In April the mission was composed of Francesco Tiradritti (Director and Egyptologist), Silvia Einaudi (Egyptologist), Beatrice Galgano (Egyptologist), Michela Luiselli (Egyptologist), Valérie Angenot (Egyptologist), Marta Rapi (Archaeologist), and Franco Lovera (Photographer). In autumn the members of the team were Francesco Tiradritti (Director and Egyptologist), Alice Heyne (Egyptologist), Mariam Ayad (Egyptologist), Dieter Eigner (Architect), Anna Leone (Archaeologist), David Colin Thomas (Archaeologist), Anne Seiler (Ceramologist), Alessandro D’Alessandro (Photographer), Gianni Trabalzini (Engineer), and Giacomo Tiradritti (Economist and Logistic director). Anna Maria Chesani and Solange Zanni, members of the Cultural Association “Harwa 2001”, also joined the mission for a short time to work as epigraphers.

The documentary “Il Cammino di Harwa” (in Italian with Arabic subtitles) was shown in the High Institute for Conservation during our stay in Luxor. This event was the culmination of a collaboration between our mission and the institute, which aims to inform local students about the conservation works conducted in the tomb of Harwa.

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