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Our 2019 Excavation Season
We are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the ASA Restoration Project and we ended last season on a high note having discovered a complete set of canopic jars in the tomb of Karabasken. We installed these artifacts in the Luxor Museum on August 19, 2018, and they are the first of additional installations that will be installed in the coming years.
Our 2019 excavation season began on April 24 and we anticipate that this will be our most memorable season to date. We made an import discovery last season which is being verified and documented by experts who will then submit an official report to the Antiquities Department. Once these documents are reviewed and an official announcement is made by the Antiquities Department, we will be able to share these and other exciting new discoveries with the public. I trust that we will be able to make an official announcement by late July and we will post details on this website and our Facebook page.
We are appreciative of everyone who has made financial investments in the ASA Restoration Project over the past decade, particularly last year. Thanks to your support we have purchased new tools for our conservators which will expedite the restoration of Karakhamun’s tomb and we are on track to open the restored temple tombs of Karabasken and Karakhamun by 2023. There are numerous activities planned for the Grand Opening of the temple Tombs of South Asasif. They include:
1. A special tour of Egypt that will focus on the accomplishments of the 25th dynasty Kushite kings in Kemet.
2. Grand opening activities for the 25th temple tombs of Karakhamun and Karabasken.
3. The opening of a Visitor Center that will highlight our excavations in South Asasif, the history of Kushites in Kemet, and the ASA Restoration Project.
4. A special concert in Luxor, Egypt commemorating the Grand Opening of the Temple Tombs of South Asasif.
We will provide more details as plans are finalized and urge you to plan on joining us in Egypt in 2023 for these history making activities.
August, 2016 – Burial Chamber Discovery
This year, the team of Pischikova and Browder excavated the burial chamber of Karabasken, the mayor of the ancient city of Luxor, which was the political and religious capital of Egypt during the eighth century BC. Browder and Pischikova discovered a large red granite sarcophagus in Karabasken’s burial chamber in June. After a month of excavating the significance of their discovery became apparent. The newly discovered sarcophagus is twelve feet long, eight feet high, five feet wide and weighs an estimated 20,000 lbs. (10 tons). The red granite sarcophagus is indicative of Karabasken status among the Kushite royalty of Egypt’s 25th Dynasty. Read more
Summer, 2016 – 2016 Update & Wishlist
Thank you for supporting the ASA Restoration Project and helping make us the first African American funded excavation in Egyptian history. We’ve done great work and have more plans for the new season. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the South Asasif Conservation Project with its goal to excavate and restore the tombs discovered by Dr. Elena Pischikova. 2016 is also the 8th anniversary of the ASA Restoration Project, which has been the primary funder of the South Asasif Conservation Project. Last year the ASA Restoration Project was able to secure $10,000 in additional funding for a stone cutting machine, two high powered drills (and drill bits) and miscellaneous supplies which have allowed us to do more reconstruction in the second pillared hall last season, that was done in the past 4 years combined.
Winter, 2012-13 – Report on “Thebes in the 1st Millenium BC” Conference, by Salima Ikram
“The South Asasif Conservation Project and the MSA joined forces to host a formidable conference in Luxor: ‘Thebes in the First Millenium BC.’ This four-day conference gathered together specialists in the period from all over the world…”
Spring, 2012 – Book of the Dead in Karakhamun’s Tomb, by Kenneth Griffin
November 9, 2010 – PRELIMINARY REPORT : South Asasif Conservation Project, by Dr. Elena Pischikova
September 15, 2010 – Tomb of Karakhamun found by Egyptian-American team!
September 15, 2010 – Archaeologists Find Ancient Egyptian Burial Chamber — Again
Egypt’s antiquities chief says archaeologists have unearthed a 2,800-year-old burial chamber that boasts brightly painted astrological scenes at a site believed to house the tombs of ancient Egyptian nobles. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/15/archaeologists-year-old-egyptian-burial-chamber/