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University of Memphis (Memphis, TN 38152-0001)
Peter James Brand (Project Director: December 2012 to May 2017)
The Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project

Translation and preparation for print and online publication of inscriptions from the Great Hypostyle Hall in Luxor, Egypt. (36 months)

This project is an ongoing effort to document, study and conserve the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak, one of the largest monuments ever built in Egypt. It is covered with hundreds of hieroglyphic texts and pictorial scenes on its walls, 134 giant columns and roof, most of which remain undocumented and poorly understood. These inscriptions are vital to reconstructing the history, foreign relations, religion, art and culture of the Ancient Egyptians over a period of almost two millennia. The project has documented many of these inscriptions in Egypt since 1992 and now seeks support to fully analyze and disseminate them to a wide audience via the internet and conventional publications. By doing so, we will preserve and disseminate these ancient records and through analysis of them, increase scientific knowledge of Ancient Egyptian civilization.

Project fields:
Ancient Languages

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

$280,000 (approved)
$280,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2016