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OPINION


PHASE TWO IN EGYPT

The opening of Stoppelaëre House has been reported in many media pieces around the world – it’s a big step in the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative (TNPI) – a Foundation collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and the University of Basel. The opening in February was attended by the Director General of UNESCO, the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, the press pack and many Egyptologists.

This is the second Phase – but it is more than that – it is a landmark both physically and figuratively. Turning into the Kings Valley Road, past the police guard post, there is Carter’s House among the trees; behind it, buried discretely below the rock and sand is the facsimile of the Tomb of Tutankhamun – installed in the first Phase in 2014 – but look above the trees and the eye is immediately draw up towards the outline of the Stoppelaëre House – an icon of Hassan Fathy’s architectural style and genius on its private outcrop. The soft sand coloured building with its multi domed roof – which allow coloured shafts of light to pierce the newly opened space inside - has been beautifully restored by architect Tarek Waly and the team of local artisans. All finance to realize this work has been funded by Factum Foundation thanks to generous donations and has been generated outside Egypt.

The TNPI is an ambitious mission to safeguard the tombs of the Theban Necropolis through the application of new digital technologies. It involves the high resolution recording and in some cases  the creation of exact facsimiles of tombs that are now either closed to the public for conservation or in need of closure to preserve them for future generations. The recoding of the Tomb of Seti I is under way – a vast work in what is a breathtaking painted and carved interior. The Project sees this work being carried out by Egyptians trained in the Centre at Stoppelaëre House and the data processed there – for which the building has been renovated and prepared and initial equipment installed. Eventually this data will be used to create the facsimile of the great tomb – to be installed below the Stoppelaëre House and adjacent to the facsimile of Tutankhamun’s Tomb. A clear, bold and technologically advanced statement of what digital skills and advances now allow us to do in preserving our heritage. Skills we want to pass on.

Tourists already come to the Tutankhamun facsimile – the original is undergoing more works (the first 90 years of its exposed and visited life did terrible damage) - as they will to the facsimile of the Tomb of Seti I . The record of what we inherited is essential to future scholars - that record also allows for remote study and, with local artisans trained by the Foundation, the creation of facsimiles that allow tourism to become the benign force that it can and should be.

James Macmillan-Scott
jms@factumfoundation.org



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