The temple of Ptah and the southern structures
COORDINATOR : Christophe Thiers (USR 3172)
PARTNERS (INDIVIDUALS) : Pierre Zignani (USR 3172), Claude Traunecker, Didier Devauchelle (UMR 8164-univ. of Lille 3, Halma-Ipel), Ghislaine Widmer (UMR 8164-univ. of Lille 3, Halma-Ipel), Sébastien Biston-Moulin (USR 3172), Elizabeth Frood (Univ. of Oxford)
Located on the northern border of the domain of Amon-Ra, the temple of Ptah was till now not the object of a specific study. The only collection of text (typographic edition) is the one delivered by Georges Legrain in 1902 (ASAE 3, 1902, p. 36-68 et 97-114). The major part of the Ptolemaic and Roman texts was resumed in 1957 in Urkunden VIII (nos 179-225) but these copies are not always useful because of the lack of drawings or photographs ; besides, no translation was published till this day. A former university work was led by Pr. Mahmoud Abd er-Razeq.
A complete study of the temple is planned. It will allow to present an epigraphic survey covering a large chronological sequence of the Karnak history, since the temple of the 18th dynasty (Tuthmosis III) until the restorations and the successive works of Horemheb, Takelot II (22nd dynasty), Chabaka (25th dynasty), Ptolemaic (since Ptolemy III Evergetes until Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos) and Roman (Tiberius) times. The study of the numerous graffites (hieroglyphic, hieratic and demotic) and marks of private devotion will complete the picture of the popular cults inside the precinct of Amun-Ra.
This epigraphic work will be associated with an architectural study which is also lacking and which will allow to define clearly the history of the monument and its numerous reorganizations. The cleanings made by G. Legrain and H. Chevrier in the foundations of the temple had put in evidence several reused blocks that it will be important, again, to bring systematically to light.
A cleaning of the Southern neighbourhoods can also allow to draw the plan and to restore the mud brick structures near the temple and the mud brick walls built against the gates ; archaeological investigations will be led to clarify the nature of the nearby structures (notably remains of two gates).
It is also envisaged to propose to deliver the copies of blocks discovered in the temple of Ptah and now kept in museums A 3D scan of these documents should allow to make faithful copies (in synthetic resin or in stone) which it could then be possible to put them back in the temple.
This program finally aims to constitute a field school for students and inspectors of the SCA.
• Program for the period 2008-2009
- Cleaning ; inventory of the scattered blocks ; beginning of the architectural and epigraphic survey and of the restoration program. Topography of the southern neighbourhoods and location of the structures still in place. Beginning of the photographic survey of the temple.
• Program for the period 2009-2010
- Epigraphic and photographic surveys. Beginning of the archaeological survey on the Southern neighbourhoods.
• Program for the period 2010-2011
- Completion of the epigraphic survey in the temple ; continuation of restoration program ; continuation of the archaeological survey.
• Program for the period 2011-2012
- Continuation and completion of the previous program ; development of the site (partial reconstruction of the mud brick walls ; sandstone flooring) ; preparation of manuscripts.
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Activity Report 2012 of the CFEETK (29-08-2013)
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