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Les conférences de l’Ifao
The Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project (Field Seasons 2017-2019): Past and Current attempts at rebuilding Columns Inside the Hypostyle Hall at Karnak.
Prof. Jean Revez
Since 2011, the University of Memphis - Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) joint epigraphic mission at Karnak has been studying the decoration carved on the 134 columns that originally stood inside the Hypostyle Hall of the temple of Amen-Ra at Karnak. Since the beginning of our project, funded in great part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), we have been able to gain a much better understanding of the decoration layout and chronology with the help of emerging techniques.
One of the greatest challenges in studying the Hall is taking into consideration the fact that a certain number of columns now standing inside the monument are no longer in their original position, since Georges Legrain, the former director at Karnak at the end of the 19th century, had to re-erect many fallen columns in the northern half of the Hall. Another great challenge is putting back together the loose drums and abaci that lay outside of the monument. These blocks, sometimes in fragmentary state, are stored in various areas inside the precinct of Amun-Ra. The main objective of the conference is to present the main results of the ongoing anastylosis study of the columns, carried out during the past three fieldwork seasons (2017-2019).