Inauguration of the Carter House restoration project in Luxor

Luxor celebrates the opening of the Carter House restoration project, in which Howard Carter, the discoverer of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, located on the western mainland of Luxor, on the centenary of the discovery of the tomb. These works were combined with the presentation of new signs for visitors and a modern and historically accurate presentation of the house’s interior design and furnishings that reflect additional information about what life was like on the West Bank in the early twentieth century and interesting details about the functions of the house and its different specialized rooms.

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Dr. Louise Bertini, Executive Director of the American Research Center in Egypt, said that the American Research Center in Egypt has restored the house in which “Howard Carter”, the discoverer of the tomb of the young king “Tutankhamun”, stayed, which is near the entrance located leading to the Valley of the Kings, in a mud brick house. With funding from the United States Agency for International Development and the Adina Lee Seven Family Foundation, and in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and on this occasion the ceremony, hosted by the American Research Center, will be held to honor the Carter House and its official reopening to the public after its restoration and development.

Dr added. Bertini that the Carter House restoration project included the execution of some construction works and the reformatting of the green spaces, as these works were combined with the provision of new signs to visitors and a modern and historically accurate presentation of the interior design of the house and its furniture. Some modifications have been made to the green spaces to prevent similar damage in the future. Old and broken water pipes have been replaced in the house, the plant hedges and trees planted near the house’s walls have been removed, and a water-free buffer zone is around established the house.

Dr. Luispertini confirmed that the American Research Center has made a great effort to create an interactive and exemplary experience for visitors to the house, and after November 4, 2022, visitors to the Carter House will enjoy reading comprehensive information panels in Arabic and English and viewing archival photographs that review the context of the social and political conditions that surrounded the discovery of the tomb and the many major Egyptian and foreign figures who participated in that massive unveiling. It will also provide additional information about what life was like on the Western Continent in the early twentieth century and interesting details about the functions of the house and its various specialized rooms, such as the photographic darkroom, and the new information on the website will be supplemented by a virtual tour of the house.

And about the history of the establishment of the Carter House, she said that it was built in 1911, and later expanded after the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun to serve as a place for recording and studying the antiquities found in the grave was discovered. On November 4, 1922, after nearly a decade of searching, Carter’s team found the first twelve steps leading to an entrance sealed with seals bearing the name Tutankhamun. That memorable day marked the beginning of a ten-year project that included the discovery and preservation of 5,000 thousand artifacts within the cemetery and their transfer to Cairo. During that period and until his death in 1939,

Carter lived near the entrance to the Valley of the Kings in a mud brick house he had built in 1911. The house consisted of a single central hall with a dome, a study and a photo laboratory, original elements that survived. over the past 100 years. In 1939, ownership of the house was transferred to the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, and it was later used as a resting place for antiquities inspectors. In 2019, the Carter House was restored for the first time and opened to the public as a tourist and cultural appeal.

Dr. said. Nicholas Warner, Director of Cultural Heritage Projects at the American Research Center in Egypt: “The project to restore Carter’s House and update the information provided to its visitors has ensured that this relatively contemporary heritage site continues to provide awareness and knowledge about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and about the life of Carter to all his visitors This project is based on the well-established collaboration and strong partnership between the American Research Center in Egypt and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and on the support of donors and technical partners. “

It is worth noting that the American Research Center in Egypt was established in 1948, and it is a private, non-profit organization consisting of educational and cultural institutions, specialized scholars and ordinary people. Through grants, fieldwork and excavation schools, which it provides in partnership with Egyptian entities, the Center contributes to the achievement of the common goal of preserving cultural heritage. The strong relationship between the Center and the Ministry of Antiquities (formerly the Supreme Council of Antiquities) has ensured the success of our joint work over the years.

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