The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund is a private, nonprofit 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.
This year, as a pilot for a series on the oral history of American Egyptology, we have been able to record a video oral history interview with David O’Connor, who is one of the country’s leading archaeologists and gave a wonderful overview of his more than sixty years of working in Egypt.
We have also received permission to work at Deir el-Ballas, as the forward capital for the Theban kings during the Hyksos expulsion, 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. Our fieldwork will dovetail with a grant we received from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications to prepare the results of the original expedition conducted at the site in 1900-1901 by George Andrew Reisner working for the Phoebe A. Hearst Expedition of the University of California.
The new expedition’s work and the publication grant provides an opportunity to revisit and transmit the earlier work which has never seen the light of day. Despite its long neglect, Deir el-Ballas is a particularly important resource for information on the development of urbanism and the state in ancient Egypt at one of the most pivotal points on its history
From January 10th to the 25,th 2017 we will conduct a survey to assess the condition of the site, and devise possible ways to protect and conserve it. In addition we will continue our work with the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata, restoring the royal palace and surveying the site.
In addition, the Fund has underwritten the photographs and Illustrations for the forthcoming book by Peter Lacovara and Yvonne Markowitz on “Nubian Gold: Ancient Jewelry from Sudan and Egypt” to be published by the American University in Cairo Press.