Building Dipinti Documentation Project in the area of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III Temples at Deir el-Bahari

Since 2005/2006 excavation season the Building Dipinti Documentation Project in the area of the Hatshepsut Temple at Deir el-Bahari has been continuing as part of a wider research program of the Polish-Egyptian Archaeological and Conservation Mission in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari. Fragment L.1/08-NWall, photo by W. Wojciechowski

As a result of the co-operation with the joint Polish Mission in the Temple of Tuthmosis III in 2011 the archaeological and epigraphic activity of the project has been extended to the remains of the adjacent temple of Tuthmosis III where analogical material has been recognized as well. The main task of the project is the photographic, drawing and descriptive documentation of building dipinti. Limestone block with dipinti - HB.229-HD.229, photo by D. F. WieczorekThe Building dipinti has been executed in red paint in hieratic script or hieroglyphic cursive and left by the ancient builders of the temples on roughly dressed faces of limestone and sandstone blocks (the latter in the Temple of Tuthmosis III). Plenty of them are fortunately preserved, up to now, in foundations, cores of walls, on covered or never completed portions of walls. Nevertheless, the majority of them have been erased, obliterated or simply removed in the course of the construction and decoration process of the temples. Documentation fascimile dipinto, photo by D. F. WieczorekSo far the documented epigraphic material contains 532 building dipinti coming from different areas of the Temple of Hatshepsut and 222 in the area of the Temple of Tuthmosis III. All of them are explicitly related to the four distinguished stages of the building process: (1.) extraction of the stone building material in a quarry, (2.) transportation, (3.) further dressing of stone blocks at the construction site and (4.) final construction phases on the site.





Wieczorek, D., Building dipinti in the Hatshepsut and Thutmose III Temples at Deir el-Bahari: Summarising Four Seasons of Work (2006, 2008, 2009, 2011), [in:] Non-textual marking systems in Ancient Egypt, Lingua Aegyptia Studia monographica 16, Hamburg 2015, pp. 49-57.  

Wieczorek, D., Building dipinti in the Temple of Thutmose III. Documentation work, season 2011, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean XXIII/1 (Research 2011), 2014, pp. 221-228.  

Wieczorek, D., Building dipinti in the Temple of Hatshepsut. Documentation work, season 2007/2008, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean XX (Research 2008), 2012, pp. 203-211.  

Wieczorek, D.F., Observations on Building dipinti in the Temple of Hatszepsut at Deir el-Bahari, [in:] Dolińska, M., Beinlich, H. (eds), 8. Ägyptologische Tempeltagung: Interconnections between Temples, Königstum, Staat und Gesellschaft früher Hochkulturen 3,3, Wiesbaden 2010, pp. 213-220.  

Wieczorek, D.F., Some Remarks on the Dates in the Building-Dipinti Discovered in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, [in:] J. Popielska-Grzybowska, J. Iwaszczuk (eds), Fifth Central European Conference of Egyptologists. Egypt 2009: Perspectives of Research Pułtusk 22-24 June 2009, Pułtusk 2009, pp. 207-211, figs. 105-107.  

Wieczorek, D., Tutmozydzkie dipinti budowlane a ostraka hieratyczne z tego samego okresu, Rocznik Archeologiczny Instytutu Archeologii UW Tom I (1), 2009, pp. 155-161.

Wieczorek, D., Building dipinti from The Temple of Hatshepsut, Preliminary Remarks, 2005/2006, Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean XVIII (Reports 2006), 2009, pp. 285-289.  



Project supervisor: Dawid F. Wieczorek



The two-year research grant of the National Center for Science in the competition PRELUDIUM 2012, agreement no UMO-2012/05 / N / HS3 / 01391, carried out at the Department of Egyptology Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Culture, Polish Academy of Science: 2013-2015

Foundation for Polish Sciene - scholarship START (2010)




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