The Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative

Under the supervision of the Ministry of Antiquities, Factum Foundation partnered with the University of Basel to develop a project dedicated to promoting sustainable tourism and ensuring the continuous study and monitoring of the tombs of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

The Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative (TNPI) initially recorded and rematerialized the tomb of Tutankhamun and is currently working on the facsimile of the tomb of Seti I.

The initiative also focused on the restoration of Hassan Fathy´s Stoppelaere House, situated at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings, and its rehabilitation as a training centre equipped with the technology to record heritage.The Centre will be operated by trained, local technicians.

The final and most ambitious phase involves the building of training workshops for local artisans to manufacture the high-resolution facsimiles of tombs.

High-resolution image viewer of the tomb of Tutankhamun
Virtual tour of the tomb of Seti I
3D video animation of the Sarcophagus of Seti I

Egypt Uncovered Sir John Soane´s Museum (October 11th, 2017 - Apr 15th, 2018)
Scanning Seti Antikenmuseum Basel (October 29th, 2017 - May 6th 2018)
The Authorized Facsimile of the Burial Chamber of Tutankhamun (since 2014)

2018 The Sarcophagus of Seti I - re-materialisation (article)
2017 Two hundred years in the life of the tomb (booklet)
2017 Scanning Seti (article)
2017 Scanning Seti (exhibition catalogue, in German)
2016 TNPI Progress (report)
2015 Nicholas Reeves´s The burial of Nefertiti (article)
2014 The Authorized Facsimile (exhibition catalogue)
2012 The Facsimile of the Burial chamber of Tutankhamun (report)
2009 TNPI report on the work completed (English / Arabic)
2002 Recording Seti (book)

2013 BBC report on the facsimile of the tomb of Tutankhamun
2013 Making the Tutankhamun facsimile
2013 The finalized Tutankhamun facsimile

Facsimile of the Tomb of Seti I


Restoration of Stoppelaëre House


Seti Exhibition


Facsimile of the Tomb of Tutankhamun


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