Abydos project team members usually have the opportunity during the course of a field season to visit notable monuments and sites beyond the area of the project concession at Abydos itself. Such visits allow IFA students and other project participants to learn first-hand about major archaeological sites such as the temple and tomb complexes at Luxor, recently visited during a short break, helping to situate our work at Abydos in the broader context of ancient Egyptian history and culture.
Matthew Adams, Field Director
The 2012 excavations at the funerary cult enclosure of king Khasekhemwy, the Shunet el-Zebib, are part of the project’s comprehensive program of excavation at the monument, undertaken in tandem with our architectural conservation efforts. The excavations have two basic aims: (1) to elucidate the original patterns of use of the monument in Dynasty 2 (ca. 2700 BCE) and its subsequent history, and (2) to expose presently buried parts of the architecture such that the entirety of each wall can be documented and its condition assessed in terms of possible conservation needs. Although the Shuneh, as a standing monument, has long been noted and discussed by scholars and visitors to the site, for many years much about its original purpose, as well as about how it was reinterpreted and reused in later times, remained a mystery. The work undertaken by the IFA’s Abydos project is transforming our understanding of the enclosure and its place in the long history of the site.
For most team members the first window on Abydos opens from the project field house, which is situated half a kilometer from the edge of the Nile alluvial plain in the low desert at the edge of the river valley. The house thus anchors both the project’s fieldwork and the experiences of individuals living and working at the site.
The Abydos Project of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, has resumed its fieldwork! Although much remains uncertain in post-revolutionary Egypt, the Ministry of Antiquities continues to function, and archaeological projects throughout the country are operating normally under its authority.
Field Season: records, wandering perspectives, side notes, a selection of photographs from Abydos, by Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora. Curated by Ileana Selejan.
Thursday, January 5th 2012 – Sunday, April 15th 2012
Stovall Gallery, 8th Floor
Kimmel Center for University Life New York University
60 Washington Square South
New York, New York 10012
Visit http://fieldseason.tumblr.com/ for more information. Exhibition tours available on request. Contact: Pam Jean Tinnen pjt254[at]nyu.edu and Ileana Selejan ils219[at]nyu.edu
We hope you can join us for an opening reception at the IFA (Computer Labs), Tuesday September 6, 6-8PM.
“Egypt at its Origins”, the Fourth International Conference on Predynastic & Early Dynastic Egypt is hosted by the IFA and the Metropolitan Museum from July 26 through July 30. Sat morning, July 30, features reports on Abydos and its environs.
It’s 6 PM, local time in Abydos. Half of us are in the lab, the other half strewn around the field house. 5 days into the new season. We’re acclimating, settling in; our paths draw lines that turn into daily rhythms and routines.