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.

Mission

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

Our season last year was delayed by Covid-19, so we had to work into late April and early May where temperatures approached 117 F . Despite the hardships we encountered, we were able to accomplish a great deal thanks to our hard working team of Egyptians and foreign specialists. You can see that progress in the attached newsletter. The dangers to the site make it imperative that we maintain our work there even during these difficult times.

Our next season of fieldwork begins in January. We will have a far larger crew this season than ever before, so are very much in need of your support. We hope to complete the conservation work at the ‘South Palace’ and make substantial progress on the North Palace. We are also planning 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 finish up our work on Houses E and F by the North Palace.

In addition, we will 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 and have 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. All this important work, of course requires funding, and we are a small organization not part of a large university or museum without all the support that such an affiliation would bring, so please join us with a gift today and encourage others to do so also.

Blog

Deir el-Ballas 2021, Week 3: 5/15 – 5/19

We have finished up our work for this short season and turned our reports into the Antiquities Inspectorate at Qena and had a meeting with the Governor of Qena Province to discuss the importance of the site and its preservation. In the final week of the season, we undertook some more reconstruction on the casemates at the western face of the North Palace that were beside a modern roadway and in danger of being driven over. Piet Co[...]

Deir el-Ballas 2021, Week 2: 5/8 – 5/13

We finished up our restoration work on the ‘South Palace’ for this season, stabilizing the façade and the inner stairway wall, and will move on to the North Palace next week. We also exposed two large areas in the South Wadi (tentatively designated Areas 1 and 2). In just cleaning the debris off the surface we can see two very different patterns of construction here: a very long, large building in area 2 made up of a number of [...]