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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Early Middle Kingdom tombs at Deir el-Bahari and Asasif

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

The project aims at the excavation, study, conservation, and publication of several Middle Kingdom tombs at Deir el-Bahari (Henenu, Ipi, Neferhotep, E1) and the tombs of Dagi and Djari in the necropolis of Asasif.

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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 and the plain of Asasif. The story of our expedition told in a day-to-day basis by the members of the MKTP.

Digging diary 2018

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) in the northern hills of Deir el-Bahari, the surveying and excavation of tombs in the eastern sector of the necropolis, and the excavation and study of the tombs of Dagi (TT 103) and Djari (TT 366) in the nearby Middle Kingdom necropolis of Asasif.

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

An international, multidisciplinar, and innovative project searching for the origins of the Middle Kingdom.