A team of Mexican archaeologists and architects that are working to rescue and restore the Theban Tomb 39 (TT39) in the city of Luxor, Egypt, reported that they are 60% of the way towards their goal. This was announced by Ms. Gabriela Arrache, the TT39 project leader, at a special event at UVM’s Roma Campus. The TT39 team includes three architects from Universidad del Valle de México.
Gabriela Arrache, who also chairs the Mexican Society of Egyptology said that starting on May 28, 2005, after obtaining permission from Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, members of the first and only Mexican archaeological mission in that country entered Theban Tomb 39 to convert the memorial into an open place for the public that will bring it back to its former glory.
"The Theban Tomb 39 exceeded our expectations, both in the beauty of the monument and the importance of its character. We are confident that Mexico will contribute to Egyptian history, through the study and interpretation of this monument that has been entrusted to our team."
From 2005 to 2012, the team has conducted 7 seasons of work on the site, which is relevant both to the history of Egypt and the international contribution of a group of professional archaeologists, restorers and architects from Mexico. Regarding the most recent expedition in late 2012, Arrache said "The work carried out was especially successful this season both in the line of archeology, restoration and consolidation of the wonderful murals, as in the consolidation of the monument itself. Our work is approximately 60% complete and we expect to finalize this important monument so it can be opened to the public and so Mexico’s contribution can be internationally recognized."
Last year, the Embassy of Mexico in Egypt, headed by Ambassador María Carmen Oñate, organized a photo exhibition to share the work that has been completed by the Mexican mission to rescue Theban Tomb 39. They may travel this exhibition to Mexico and other parts of the world.
The TT39 team includes Gabriela Arrache, Dulce María Grimaldi, Patricia Meehan, Luis Eduardo Amaro, Alicia Valdés, Angelina Macías Goytia, José Topiltzin List, Felix Valdés Corral, Gabriela Bautiza and architects from Universidad del Valle Mexico: David Jiménez Guillén, Enrique Sánchez Gómez and Manuel Villarruel Vázquez, all of whom were supported by the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.