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    EL-HASSA, CAMPAIGN 2018


    The replica was placed in the causeway of the temple of Amun, on a modern pedestal built exactly above the original one, on Thursday 11.22.2018

    At the moment when we organize with NCAM the transfer of the concession of El-Hassa to the Louvre Museum, the seventeenth campaign on the site and the fifth one in the frame of the project QSAP-A-24 took place between the 22nd of October and the 22nd of December 2018.

    Background

    The team was as follow: VINCENT RONDOT (Director of the project, Louvre Museum); Giorgio NOGARA (Field director, UMR 8164, University of Lille); RENÉ-PIERRE DISSAUX (Documentalist); ELISABETH DAVID (Art historian, Louvre Museum); ANNE BENOIST (Ceramologist, Archéorient, UMR 5133 Lyon), JULIE BOUVOT (Draughtswoman) JAN HAMANN and ANNE HERING (Restorers, Restaurierung am Oberbaum, Berlin). NCAM was represented by Mr. YASSIN IBRAHIM SAYED AHMED (Antiquities Officer).

    The campaign was devoted to two important steps of our site management project: the replica of the statue of the Soba’s ram and the construction of a fence surrounding the site of Damboya, more and more threatened by the increasing circulation (trucks and tractors) in the area.

    Beside the fieldwork, Elisabeth David continued her work of identification and description of plaster fragments belonging to the decoration of the Amun temple’s walls, whereas Anne Benoist, with the help of Julie Bouvot, continued the work on the general classification of the ceramic of el-Hassa.

    SITE MANAGEMENT PROJECT (EL-HASSA)


    Soba’s ram arriving at el-Hassa on Monday, 11.5.2018, after several centuries of absence.


    Application of a silicon skin


    Manufacture of the gyps mould


    The replica was placed in the causeway of the temple of Amun, on a modern pedestal built exactly above the original one, on Thursday 11.22.2018


    Filling the up-side-down mould with mortar


    Turning of the dried cast


    Take off of the silicon skin


    End of the work: Jan Hamann & Anne Hering with the replica of the Soba’s ram.

    The original ram was brought back to the museums garden on Tuesday 11.20.2018.

    CONSTRUCTION OF A PROTECTION FENCE AT DAMBOYA

    The threatened site of Damboya (an area of nearly 127’000 square meter, or 30,2 feddan) is now protected from a new built fence, with a length of 1’100 m, and from a 550 m long as well new built zeriba; this barrier will be replaced from a fence during the 2019 campaign.

    15.02.2019 G.Nogara

    Field director QSAP A-24

     
     

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