04.04.2014

Excavations in Naga: Spring 2014 Campaign

In March, under the direction of Dr. Karla Kröper, a restauration camapaign took place at Naga; the first venture under the aegis of the Munich Egyptian Museum.

In March, under the direction of Dr. Karla Kröper, a restauration camapaign took place at Naga; the first venture under the aegis of the Munich Egyptian Museum.

On architectural digs, fieldwork doesn’t end with the excavation and documentation of the ancient ruins. Walls that have spent millennia protected by rubble and sand are now exposed to erosion through wind and rain and need conservation in order to preserve their substance and original appearance.

 For Naga’s Temple of Amun, this conservation work mostly concerns the walls made of unfired mudbrick. The point is not to reconstruct destroyed walls, but to conserve the ruins and make certain aspects of the original structure more comprehensible to visitors. By consolidating the surviving lower walls, it is possible for them to grasp the volume of the temple’s large entrance pylon, while the partitions of the inner rooms give an impression of the original inner structure when inside the temple itself.

The work of our Naga veterans, the team of Restaurierung am Oberbaum (Berlin), was as in previous years financed by the Foreign Office. Work will continue in the Fall.