The Ancient Egyptian

Heritage and Archaeology Fund

The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a private, non-profit organization with a mission is to support research and conservation on Egyptian history and culture. In particular it seeks to record and publish sites and monuments at risk from agricultural and urban expansion, looting and vandalism and climate change.


Deir el-Ballas

Deir el-Ballas is of great archaeological and historic importance, but the site is at extreme risk from both looting and from the uncontrolled expansion of the neighboring modern town.

Donation Appeal

The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund has been fortunate in getting early clearance and permission to do everything wanted for the coming season at Deir el-Ballas. Not only will we be able to continue the conservation work at the ‘South Palace’ and the North Palace, but also to begin excavations in what we think was the administrative quarter of the city. This area was never before excavated and is an extremely exciting prospect.
We also hope to complete the construction of a wall that stretches from the local school to the North Palace to demarcate the ancient settlement area from the modern town. For that, we have engaged famed Egyptian artist Alaa Awad to create a mural on the wall depicting the site with an Arabic text to underscore its importance to Egyptian history for the schoolchildren, residents, and visitors alike. For samples of his work, please see here.
This exciting new dimension adds new costs, at a time when our resources are depleted, so please join us with a gift today and encourage others to come along on this journey. I know the current crisis means that many worthy organizations merit help, but you have a unique understanding of the urgency of our time-sensitive work in Egypt. Hopefully, the inclusion of new work in the form of this mural will bring new friends into the fold, and together we can celebrate the link between ancient and contemporary human expression.
Please let potential sponsors know they can contribute by sending a check or Money Order to:
The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund
c/o Peter Lacovara
326 Hudson Ave
Albany, NY 12210
Or donating online through our Facebook Page (click the blue donate button on the upper right)
We are all so grateful for your support in helping us preserve this important site for the future. I look forward to keeping you updated via Facebook, and soon, Instagram as well.
As always, thank you. Stay safe.


Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 9: 1/25

The last day for the season. We have covered up the exposed ancient brick with sand to protect it until next year when we can cap it with new mud-brick to protect it. Vicky Jensen has taken on the herculean task of seeing the registered objects to the Antiquities Department storeroom and securing the sherd material and samples for next season. Our report is turned into the local Antiquities Inspectorate office in Qena and we are off t[...]

Deir el-Ballas 2019-2020, Week 8: 1/18 – 1/23

The last week for the season. Restoration of the North Palace’s main enclosure wall on the south side of the palace and the restoration of the casemate core of the palace itself are continuing. Bettina Bader has joined us to look at the ceramic material. House E revealed that in addition to New Kingdom pottery there were Kerma Beakers and a Canaanite amphora. We are doing the final object recording with Piet, Vicky, and Bettina draw[...]