Excavation Diary

Art in the tomb

Author: admin/11 November 2014/Categories: Diario di scavo

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Today was a special day for the Mission: FIAT handed us two cars that will allow the team to get to the digging site each morning and to carry out more quickly those activities that are outside of the excavation.

Fiat is one of the sponsors of the Canarian-Tuscan Archaeological Mission and from the pages of this journal we wish to thank them for their support, which allows us to live more comfortably during these days of intense work.

Some pictures of the cars that are available to the Mission:

Today we would also like to tell you more about the interesting work done by one of the members of our team: Raffaella Carrera, restorer and archaeological illustrator.

In the course of her career she has been called on to restore a piece that is important to every Egyptologist and those passionate about Egyptology alike: the famous Description de l'Égypte, kept in a private collection in Turin.

The Description is the result of the work of the approximately 160 scholars that Napoleon Bonaparte took with him on his Egyptian campaign. The French Commission for Science and Arts of Egypt undertook a large study in various fields such as archaeology, topography, and natural history. In 1802 Napoleon authorized the publication of this work in various volumes which included numerous texts, drawings, maps and scholarly essays.

The role of Raffaella in the Mission is that of archaeological illustrator.

Raffaella realizing a first draft

The egyptologists follow the work of Raffaella, in order to avoid possible errors of interpretation

Raffaella, using her skills as a designer, has made several drawings of the tombs in our concession, showing them from different perspectives. Her work is proving to be very important to understand the architectural complex of the tomb of Min and the Unknown Tomb (Kampp -327-).

Raffaella in another phase of her work: comparative study with similar images

We can say that her drawings really capture the soul of the tomb. Here we show some phases of her work.

After drawing, the last step is inking

In the afternoon we went to do research at the Library of the Theban Mapping Project, of the Egyptologist Kent Weeks, where a large amount of books related to the Theban necropolis can be found. Every afternoon we dedicate a portion of our time to do research, cataloguing and analysis of all the documentation produced by the Mission during the morning's work done in the tomb.


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