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Expeditions Archive

Expeditions Archive

Karanis Site Management Project, Phases 1 and 2
Director: Willeke Wendrich, University of California, Los Angeles


The Karanis site. All photos: Willeke Wendrich

As part of the Fayum Landscape Management Project, which encompasses archaeological landscape features in (the vicinity of) the research area, UCLA is developing a management plan for Karanis (Kom Aushim). This project has been supported with two grants from ARCE's Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF). It includes a damage and risk analysis for this earthen-architecture site, which, eighty years after having been excavated and left exposed to wind and rain, appears to have deteriorated greatly.


Deterioration due to wind and water exposure

The AEF grants have also enabled first-aid conservation and the urgent stabilization of the Beyt Mandoub Sami, the excavation house of the University of Michigan in the 1920's, used as a rural weekend escape by the British Ambassador Sir Miles Lampson in the 1930's. The plan is to restore this sprawling mud brick building, a wonderful example of vernacular architecture of the early twentieth century, over the next five years, and to establish a visitors' center.


Back-filling the excavation with sand from the desert

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