Early Photographs of EES Excavations at Deir el-Bahari 1893-1905

Early Photographs of EES Excavations at Deir el-Bahari 1893-1905
I've posted about recent 3D scanning of ancient Egypt before, but the Egypt Exploration Society is steadily digitising its early excavation records and making them available online thanks to generous donations and the efforts of volunteers like Valenka Navea.
Here is one of a number of albums of early photography from excavations at Deir el-Bahari which is on the western side of the Nile near Thebes in Upper (Southern) Egypt. Some readers may recognise it as the site of the funerary temple of Hatshepsut. (Djeser Dejseru).
These early photographs are not only an invaluable record, they also highlight the evolution of Egyptology into a serious science concerned with the study of a fascinating ancient civilisation via the recording of sites and artefacts using what was at the time, cutting edge technology.
Although the subjects of the photographs are not fully documented in this album, there are some very interesting objects which come from a number of different periods of Egyptian history - such as a Middle Kingdom model and proto-Shabti along with much later New Kingdom objects. The mixture of eras point to a long history of use at the site. Click the image to browse these interesting photographs of the site and artefacts.
"The images were digitized by Townsweb Archiving thanks to a donation from the family of Society member Lucy Gura in 2007. They were renamed for cataloguing by EES volunteer Valenka Navea as part of the 2017 volunteer projects."



  1. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOW ,great thanks for you , i love it Soooooooooooooooooooooo much espicially the Heratic lines on the ostraces it was amazing works , i hope to find out the translations of these ostraces , it was not usuall to see early photographes like that , really i enjoyed a lot thanks to my ingenouse artist personπŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

  2. Doddy Mohamed Good to see you again! Some of the ostraca were photographed upside down which is a bit confusing - but I agree these photos are great!

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