Middle Kingdom Theban Project


Documentation and Publication of Late Eleventh Dynasty and Middle Kingdom Tombs at Thebes.

In August 2014 Antonio Morales visited the areas of Deir el-Bahari and Asasif in West Bank Luxor with the aim of selecting some funerary complexes for a project concerned with the origins and construction of the Middle Kingdom period.


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Tombs of Henenu (TT 313) and Ipi (TT 315)


MKTP aims at the excavation, study, and publication of tombs.

The project aims at the excavation, study, and publication of the tombs of Henenu and Ipi as well as the material culture and textual evidence associated with these monuments.


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“Strengthen your monuments as far as is within your power, for even a single day can contribute toward eternity, and an hour can embellish the future”


Follow the season of excavations daily.

Visit the Digging Diary to keep track of our works in the northern hill of Deir el-Bahari. The story of our expedition told in a day-to-day basis by the members of the MKTP.


Digging diary 2017

The Middle Kingdom Theban Project deals with the archaeological excavation, conservation and epigraphic work in the tombs of Henenu (TT 313) and Ipi (TT 315), both located in the area of Deir el-Bahari in Luxor.


Henenu
(TT 313)

As royal steward for Mentuhotep II, he is attested in the linen marks offered to queen Miyet in the king´s temple.

He was royal sealbearer and was appointed with very particular titles, such as overseer “of horn, hoof, feather, and scale”, “of fowl that swin, fly, and land”, and “of what is and what is not”.


Harhotep
(TT 314/CG28023)

Harhotep was royal seal bearer under the reign of Sesostris I, in the early XII Dynasty.

His mortuary chamber and sarcophagus made it to the Cairo Museum in 1883, when Maspero took them from the complex TT 314 to exhibit them as typical artistic production from Deir el-Bahari in the Middle Kingdom.


Ipi
(TT 315)

Ipi is attested as vizier, member of the elite and overseer of the town of Thebes in several sources from Deir el-Bahari.

He succeeded Meketre as treasurer but seems to have been associated mainly with the early XII Dynasty and the reign of Amenemhat I.

Mortuary chamber of Ipi – TT 315
(Deir el-Bahari)

Descending corridor

Under the cultic chamber, where the statue of Ipi was located, a descending corridor led to the most secret chamber.

Decorated sarcophagus

Ipi´s mummy was deposited in a limestone sarcophagus decorated with religious iconography and texts that ensured his journey to the Afterlife.


Mortuary chamber

The chamber walls were covered with fine limestone blocks. The shape of the lower section, however, indicates that the sarcophagus and the rest of the equipment remained hidden under the floor.

Canopic box

Attached to the sarcophagus, this chest was used to contain the canonic jars, where the non-mummified remains of the corpse were buried.

MKTP Last news

30 April, 2018

End of season

29 April, 2018

Last day for excavations

28 April, 2018

The beginning of the end

27 April, 2018

Another productive Friday: 50 workers in Ipi, conservators in Djari and the beginning of the epigraphic work in Dagi´s tomb

Current sponsors

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Expedition of the University of Alcala to Deir el-Bahari
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Gobierno de España - Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad

 

Fundación Palarq
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Asociación Española de Egiptología - AEDE
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Asociación de Amigos de la UAH

An innovative project searching for the secrets of Deir el-Bahari.