Min Project

Min Project is an Italian-Spanish initiative in cooperation with Egypt, created for the study and publication of a New Kingdom private tomb (TT109 and its extension Kampp -327-) in the Theban Necropolis, on the West Bank of the Nile near Luxor.

The tomb of Min (TT109) has not been systematically studied and has never been recorded or examined in detail. Early travellers - Champollion, Burton and Rosellini among them - copied scenes and inscriptions, some of which are now gone, but a complete publication was never realised. Systematic recording of the monument began in 1887, but it was without the advantage of colour photography and modern recording techniques. Sadly, through the years, TT109 has suffered intermittent vandalism and has been subject to erosion that endangers its carved decoration, some of which is crumbling.

View of TT109 with Davies House and Guardian’s House

The purpose of Min Project is to copy and study the tomb's inscriptions and scenes, document its architecture, clean and conserve the structure of the tomb and its wall decoration, and finally to prepare the monument for future opening to the public.

This project is carried out by the Canarian-Tuscan Archaeological Mission in cooperation with the Ministry of State for Antiquities. The team is led by Dr. María Milagros Álvarez Sosa and Dr. Abd el Hakim Carrar. A very special thanks goes to the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities and the Inspectorate of Antiquities on the West Bank, Luxor for their support and assistance towards the project.

We also want to thank many other institutions and associations for their support and generous assistance.

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