Winter 2004-2005 (December 11th, 2004 – January 19th,
2005) the activities of the Italian Archaeological Mission to Luxor
mainly concentrated on
the subterranean part of the Tomb of Harwa (TT 37), where three
funerary shafts were excavated. Two (YE and YF) are located in the
Second Pillared Hall. The third (YN) was discovered last summer,
during clearing of the debris from the southwest part of the
corridor surrounding the first subterranean level.
work was conducted in the vestibule of the tomb. All the antiquities
stored there by the Archaeological Mission of the Metropolitan
Museum of Arts in the 1920s had been moved to the storerooms of the
Supreme Council of Antiquities last summer.
team of epigraphers from the Archaeological Italian Mission to Luxor
also worked in the Tomb of Pabasa following an agreement with Dr.
Mohammed El-Soghair and Dr. Mahmud Abd El-Rasek. They continued the
recording of the blocks stored in the room XB, completed and
verified the copies of the texts engraved in the pillars of the
pillared room and started to copy some other texts in the courtyard.
campaign ran simultaneously with the exhibition, “L’enigma di Harwa.
Alla scoperta di un capolavoro del rinascimento egizio” (Palazzo
Bricherasio, Torino, December 14th 2004 – January 23rd
2005) and was connected to a website (www.anticoegitto.org),
where a daily journal of the activities of the mission was kept.
Anyone interested could follow the progress of the excavations from
the exhibition (where two computers connected to the internet had
been placed) or from home. This was intended as an experiment aimed
to provide a realistic picture of the activities of an
archaeological mission in Egypt.
a final part of the mission’s activities nearly thirty tombs of
Theban officials, most of which are unopen to the public, were
photographed. The mission aims to publish a book on the private
necropolis of Thebes.