I have just returned from presenting Giza 3D with my colleagues from Dassault Systèmes at the Cultural Forum in the Palais des Papes in Avignon. See below for photos, and for the Avignon Forum website, please click here.

Harvard Gets Immersive VR with Giza 3D | 3D PERSPECTIVES.

Khufu’s father, Snefru, built no less than four pyramids, three of them towering structures. The famous Bent Pyramid at Dahshur is in many ways the most intriguing, and not least for the change of angle due to cracks and construction miscalculations. Soon it will be open to the public:

The Associated Press: Egypt to open inner chambers of ‘bent’ pyramid.

The Bent Pyramid of Snefru at Dahshur (Dynasty 4) (Photo: Frank P. Roy)

The Bent Pyramid of Snefru at Dahshur (Dynasty 4) (Photo: Frank P. Roy)

Peter Der Manuelian

At 8.30 pm on March 28, the lights went out on the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza, as modern day Egyptians joined Earth Hour’s global call for action on climate change. Read more.

Egypt Earth Hour

A combination photo of a night view of the site of the ancient Giza Pyramids before and after switching off the lights for the Earth Hour, in Cairo, Egypt Saturday March 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Nasser Nouri)

Peter Der Manuelian

This six-minute video documentary (in German) describes the Giza Project at the Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, the Ägyptisches Museum of the University of Leipzig, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, that are sharing their archaeological documentation with the Giza Archives Web site at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Egyptologists Bettina Schmitz, Antje Spiekermann, and Katja Lembke are interviewed.

RTLregional.de – Video – Das fünfte Weltwunder.

Peter Der Manuelian

The first 1,400 German/Austrian Expedition photos, kindly supplied by the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, and the Institut für Ägyptologie of the University of Vienna, are  now online. In 1912, Hermann Junker took over from Georg Steindorff to lead the German/Austrian Expedition to Giza. Images and discoveries from this important excavation are spread today through museums and institutes in Cairo, Vienna, Leipzig and Hildesheim. They show objects and excavations in the central strip of the Western Cemetery, and the so-called G I-South Cemetery, the row of mastabas immediately south of Khufu’s Great Pyramid, flanking his famous funerary boat and boat pits.

G 4000, Hemiunu, corridor chapel, serdab behind north niche, seated statue of Hemiunu (Hildesheim 1962) in situ, looking west

G 4000, Hemiunu, corridor chapel, serdab behind north niche, seated statue of Hemiunu (Hildesheim 1962) in situ, looking west

In addition to the historic dig photos, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna has also supplied stunning new color photography of its Giza collections. As always on our Web site, all images and documents can be magnified for detailed study.

Standing pair statue inscribed for Kapuptah and his wife Ipep from G 4461: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna ÄS 7444

Standing pair statue inscribed for Kapuptah and his wife Ipep from G 4461: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna ÄS 7444

Thanks are due to Dr. Regina Hölzl, curator of the Ägyptisch-Orientalische Sammlung, and her staff for their hard work in scanning and shipping the digital images. We are also grateful to Dr. Manfred Bietak and Dr. Peter Jánosi of the University of Vienna, for their expertise and collaboration in bringing the Junker material online. In Boston, the scans were edited, and descriptive metadata was added by our Giza Research Associate Dr. Diane V. Flores. To browse the Vienna photos, simply type “AEOS” or “o_neg_nr” into the Search box. More Vienna images to come!

This marks the second collection of non-Museum of Fine Arts images and documents to join the Giza Archives online. In January 2008, just under 100 Giza objects housed in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Berkeley, California, appeared online. Most of the images show new photography taken by Egyptlogy Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Minor.

Additional groups of images and documents have arrived in Boston from Berlin and Philadelphia; these are currently in preparation for posting on the Giza Web site.

Peter Der Manuelian

Welcome to the new Giza Archives Director’s Blog. On this page I hope to keep you abreast of our progress as we strive to create and maintain the world’s first centralized repository for the archaeology of the Giza Necropolis.

We continue to process and add images and documents from the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, directed by George Reisner from 1902 to 1947.

We also have international partners around the world, representing all the major Giza collections that had or have a direct archaeological connection to the Pyramids. So watch for the addition of materials online from museums, universities, and institutes in Berkeley, Berlin, Cairo, Hildesheim, Leipzig, Philadelphia, Turin, and Vienna.

In collaboration with colleagues such as Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, and Mark Lehner of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, we hope to include not just Giza’s past, but its present and its future as well.

Peter Der Manuelian
Giza Archives Director
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Peter Der Manuelian and King Menkaure, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Peter Der Manuelian and King Menkaure, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Photo: Mark Thomas)
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