The latest news, fieldwork updates, and lectures on the TT45 Project

18 March 2019: Lecture on the TT45 Project at the Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo

On 18 March Carina van den Hoven will give a lecture on the TT45 Project at the Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo. She will present the main aims and objectives of the project and report on the results of the first three seasons of fieldwork carried out in 2018-2019. The talk also addresses the decorative programme and life history of the tomb, and places it in the larger context of the practice of tomb reuse in Ancient Egypt.

Time: Monday 18 March 2019, 6.00pm
Location: Ministry of Antiquities, Ahmed Pasha Kamal Lecture Hall, 3 Adel Abu Bakr Street, Zamalek, Cairo


8 February 2019: Lecture on tomb reuse at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

On 7 and 8 February 2019 our Mission Director Carina van den Hoven will participate in the colloquium Reuse, Appropriation and Ownership in Ancient Egypt. Framing our Understanding, organised by Helen Strudwick at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. Carina will present a lecture entitled "Recycling the past: tomb reuse, ownership and appropriation in Ancient Egypt". In this lecture various forms of tomb reuse will be examined in order to review the validity of our terminology relating to tomb reuse, to challenge current views about the motivations for tomb reuse, and to explore the concepts of ownership and appropriation in Ancient Egypt.


News November 2018

We are happy to announce that our next fieldwork season in February and March 2019 has been approved by the Ministry of Antiquities!


Update fieldwork November 2018

NEWS FROM TT45 – On 14 November our new fieldwork season has started in Theban Tomb 45. The focus this season is on the photographic documentation of the tomb by our photographer Matjaz Kacicnik, assisted by Azab Taie Osman. The photos will be used for digital epigraphy, as well as to test software applications that may render faded painted texts, hardly visible to the naked eye, visible again.


Update fieldwork February-March 2019

NEWS FROM TT45 - On 17 February we resumed work in TT45. During this fieldwork season the tomb is cleared of sand, resulting in various finds which enhance our understanding of the history of use of the tomb. This season we also start the consolidation and conservation of the painted decoration and we carry out a number of site management activities.



News January 2019

Grant for TT45 Project from Leiden University Center for Digital Humanities

Carina van den Hoven has received a grant from the Leiden University Center for Digital Humanities to develop a proof of concept for the digital documentation and material analysis of the painted decoration of Theban Tomb 45.


© TT45 Project, Matjaz Kacicnik.


News September 2018

Grant from Gerda Henkel Stiftung for TT45 Project

Carina van den Hoven has received a grant from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung for the conservation and heritage preservation of Theban Tomb 45. The grant will enable us to carry out a full conservation programme for the tomb, as well as photographic documentation, publication, heritage preservation and site management activities. The grant will also enable us to provide opportunities for further training of Egyptian team members in conservation, site documentation and archaeological research.