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

January 2020: the team resumes fieldwork at TT45!
We are pleased to announce that the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has granted us permission to continue work in TT45. This season, we will focus on the documentation and analysis of the painted decoration of the tomb, on the conservation of the wall paintings, on the archaeological investigation of the original layout and architecture of the courtyard, and on site management and heritage preservation activities. Stay tuned through our Facebook page and/or our Twitter account!

26 September 2019: first annual Luxor Day in Leiden
The Luxor Archaeological Heritage Foundation is organising the first annual Luxor Day in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for the Near East and Ex Oriente Lux. The Luxor Day will take place on 26 September 2019 at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. Carina van den Hoven will present the results of the first seasons of fieldwork in Theban Tomb 45, followed by various interesting lectures by Olaf Kaper, Lonneke Delpeut and Philip McLaughlin on recent research and fieldwork in Luxor. There will also be a mini exhibition of jewelry inspired by antiquity and a lottery where you can win large format photographs of Theban Tomb 45. For more information and the programme (in Dutch), click here.

May 2019: publication on the TT45 Project in Phoenix
A popularising article on the TT45 Project has been published in the Dutch journal Phoenix. Click here to download the article. Enjoy!

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.

August 2019: a new logo
We are very pleased to show off our new logo, designed by Carola Bronkhorst.
Thank you Carola, for a wonderful result!

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 Centre 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.