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Asa G. Hilliard, III South Asasif Restoration Project

The ASA Restoration Project is leading the excavation and restoration of the 2700 year-old tombs of Kushite Noblemen, as well as honoring the legacy of Dr. Hilliard.


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The Project was established in 2008 to honor the work of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III, and fund the excavations and restorations of Dr. Elena Pischikova and the South Asasif Conservation Project, which she directs.

Dr. Hilliard was an educational psychologist, master teacher, author and historian who was internationally recognized for his outstanding scholarship. The ASA Restoration Project was established by Anthony Browder (with the generous support of the Hilliard family) as a fitting tribute to a man who was loved worldwide and taken from us too soon.

Dr. Elena is an authority on the 25th Dynasty, and is one, of a small group of Egyptologists, who acknowledges that the ancient Egyptians were of African descent and that the Kushites were their ancestors and contemporaries. In 2006 Pischikova discovered the 25th Dynasty tombs of the Kushite nobles, Karakhamun and Karabasken, and struggled to raise funds to continue the excavation and restoration.

Mr. Browder met Dr. Pischikova in 2008 while conducting research in Egypt. He immediately recognized the importance of her discoveries and made a commitment to support her work. A decision was made to support the South Asasif Conservation Project and simultaneously honor the memory of Dr. Hilliard, who made his transition the previous year while in Egypt. The ASA Restoration Project (a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit, tax exempt organization) was established in September 2008 and dedicated to the restoration of the Kushite presence in Kemet, and the preservation of the legacy of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III.

In 2009 we began organizing mission members to work at the excavation site. To date, we have sponsored 20 two-week missions. Our efforts represent the first time in history that African Americans have financed and participated in an Egyptian archeological excavation. In 2012, the President of Egypt, the Governor of Luxor and the Minister of Antiquities acknowledged our efforts. In October 2012, the Minister of Tourism sponsored an elaborate reception and dinner in our honor on the grounds of the temple of Luxor.

During the 2013 season we completed the excavation of Karakhamun’s tomb and continued our restoration efforts. The remains of three pylons were discovered while examining the ruins of the superstructure of the tomb. This suggests that the structure was originally constructed as a temple and a tomb. Karakhamun’s temple/tomb is now recognized as one of the most unique burial sites on the West Bank. The walls and pillars of the tomb are inscribed with over one hundred chapters of the “Book of the Dead.” The eight pillars in the first hall are inscribed with text from the “Book of the Hours.” “Pyramid Text” has been found in the second pillared hall.

As we reconstruct the final resting place of Karakhamun, we are reconstructing his life. We have firmly concluded that the architectural and literary contents of his temple/tomb strongly suggest that Karakhamun was a high official and was probably a member of the royal family. We recently restored Karakhamun’s second pillared hall as we celebrated the first decade of excavations and restorations of the royal Kushite tombs at South Asasif.

We now know that Karakhamun’s temple/tomb is four times larger than King Tut’s tomb. While Karakhamun’s treasures were stolen ages ago, his temple/tomb is a treasure chest. It was built 750 years after the birth of Moses and 750 years before the birth of Jesus. Through our efforts, the temple/tomb of Karakhamun is being reborn.

As we continue excavations inside Karabasken’s tomb, we anticipate making a number of significant discoveries that will help us reconstruct this important period in Egyptian history. All of the incredible work we’ve done was made possible because of the financial contributions of our supporters and the dozens of volunteers who’ve selflessly given their time and energy to ensure that the ASA Restoration Project continues making history.

 

SA Restoration Project & South Asasif Excavation

Making History & Restoring History

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  • In 2005, Dr. Elena Pischikova discovered the tombs of two 25th Dynasty nobles, Karakhamun and Karabasken on the west bank of Luxor, Egypt, in an area known as South Asasif. Dr. Pischikova established the South Asasif Conservation Project and began excavations in 2006
  • Karabasken was Mayor of Waset, the capitol of ancient Egypt, and governed in the late eighth century BCE. He was probably appointed by Shabaka, the second king of the 25th Dynasty
  • Karakhamun was the First AK Priest of Amun at Karnak Temple. He served during the reign of Shabaka and Shabatka, the second and third rulers of the 25th Dynasty. Karakhamun's tomb was built around 690 BCE and is the centerpiece of the South Asasif excavations
  • In 2008, noted historian and author, Anthony T. Browder established the ASA Restoration Project to honor the legacy of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III and support the archeological research of Dr. Elena Pischikova
  • In 2009, The ASA Restoration Project became the primary funder of the South Asasif Conservation Project. This effort marks the first time in history that African Americans have funded and participated in excavations in Egypt
  • July, 2010 - Anthony Browder discovers the stairs leading to the burial chamber of Karakhamun
  • August, 2010 – Browder’s daughter, Atlantis, is the first African American to enter the newly excavated burial chamber of Karakhamun
    • Mission team discovers (within the confines of Karakhamun’s tomb) the tomb of his brother Nesamenapet and uncovers evidence that both men were sons of Shabaka
  • September 15, 2010 the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities announces the discovery of the burial chamber of Karkahamun
  • May, 2011 - Browder publishes Finding Karakhamun-The Collaborative Rediscovery of A Lost Tomb, with a foreword by Dr. Charles Finch, III
  • September, 2011 - Dr. Charles Finch organizes the Nile Valley II Conference at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA with special presentations by Dr. Elena Pischikova and Anthony Browder
  • August, 2012 - Pischikova and Browder are acknowledged by newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for being the first foreign mission to return to Egypt after the 2011 revolution and for helping forge strong relationships between Egyptians and Americans
  • October, 2012 - Dr. Pischikova organizes the Thebes in the First Millennium Conference in Luxor, Egypt. Conference participants acknowledge that the discoveries made in Karakhamun’s tomb will greatly expand the understanding of the Kushite contributions to Egypt’s Late Period
  • 2013 - Completed the excavation of Karakhamun’s Sun Court and began excavating the Sun Court of Karabasken
  • 2014 - Began restoring Karakhamun’s second pillared hall and installed the statue of Ausar in the false door of the western wall
  • 2015 - Discovered a burial chamber with three mummies while excavating Karabasken’s sun court
  • June, 2016 – Discovered a red granite sarcophagus while excavating Karabasken’s burial chamber
  • July, 2016 – Discovered a side room with shaft while excavating Karabasken’s pillared hall
  • September – Restored Karakhamun’s second pillared hall

The Three Re-Discovered Tombs of South Asasif

The tombs found by Dr. Elena were built for nobles of the 25th and 26th dynasties (between 747 and 525 BC). Each tomb was carved into the limestone bedrock, two stories below ground level. Because of their unique construction these tombs are considered more as sculpture than architecture, because stone was removed to create staircases, walls, ceilings, floors, pillars, rooms and doorways under the ground.

Because the tombs were underground, they were 15-20 degrees cooler that the village homes that were exposed to the intense summer sun above ground. A typical summer day in the South Asasif desert averages about 115 degrees. Many villagers occupied the tombs in order to escape the intense heat of summer.

The Tomb of Irtieru was found under the home of Ahmed Rassul, the village chief. His family had used her tomb as a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, barn and laundromat. The tomb's ceilings were blackened with soot from fires used to cook food. Almost all of the wall carvings had been destroyed. An area that was used as a corral for animals was filled with over six feet of animal feces.

Irtieru was the chief attendant to the daughter of a 26th dynasty king. The contents of her tomb had been stolen.

The second tomb found by Dr. Elena's team was the 25th dynasty Tomb of Karabasken, the mayor of Waset, the capital of ancient Egypt. Waset was renamed Thebes by the Greeks and was later renamed Luxor by the Arabs. Village youth hung out in Karakhamun's tomb during the day, and their families used it as a bedroom in the evening.

Unfortunately, the tombs of South Asasif were severely damaged by locals who used them as quarries. Large blocks of stone were removed to build homes, and the tombs were in imminent danger of collapse when they were discovered. All of the objects in both tombs had been stolen, wall carvings were destroyed and little evidence remained that would allow Dr. Elena to reconstruct the lives of the tombs’ original occupants.

The third tomb discovered was that of Karakhamun, the First Ak Priest of Amun at Karnak Temple. The ceiling of Karakhamun's tomb collapsed during a storm and flood in the 1990's. The villagers used the sunken pit as a trash dump. This unfortunate act was also a blessing because it prevented the Rassul's from occupying and further destroying Karakhamun’s tomb, as they had destroyed the tombs of Karabasken and Itieru.

Dr. Elena concentrated her initial excavation efforts in the Tomb of Karakhamun, where the most significant number of discoveries have been found. The tombs of Karabasken and Karakhamun were the first Kushite tombs built at South Asasif. The quality of their construction suggests that they were likely members of the 25th Dynasty’s royal family.

The 25th Dynasty Kings were from Kush, the country south of Kemet, now known as Sudan. These Kushite Kings conquered Kemet, which had declined after a long period of political turmoil and had been ruled by foreign kings and petty warlords in the 8th Century, BCE.

The Kushite Kings declared a holy war against the foreign invaders of Kemet and drove them out of the country. Once the borders were secured, they proceeded to rebuild temples and monuments, and restore "the land of their ancestors," who lived 2000 years earlier during the Pyramid Age.

Kushite Kings ruled Kemet for almost 100 years, and they are the only Black rulers of Egypt who are acknowledged by mainstream Egyptologists. However, Dr. Elena is one of a handful of Egyptologists who acknowledge that the Ancient Egyptians were also "black" and the Kushites were their descendents. Dr. Elena has been ostracized by her colleagues for addressing this historical truth, and has received little support from traditional funding sources.

The important discoveries made at the tombs of Karakhamun and Karabasken since 2009 have occurred because of the financial support of the ASA Restoration Project. The discoveries have been acknowledged by Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities and are helping shed light on a forgotten chapter of Egyptian history.

The 25th Dynasty is important because it is the earliest recorded renaissance in history. It connects the last chapters of ancient Egyptian history with the beginning, and documents over 3,000 years of African leadership and excellence throughout the Nile Valley.

The five rulers of the 25th Dynasty comprised one African family. They were:

  • Piankhi: 747 - 715 BCE
  • Shabaka: 715 - 702 BCE (Brother of Piankhi)
  • Shabatka: 702 - 690 BCE (Older Son of Piankhi)
  • Taharka: 690 - 664 BCE (Younger Son of Piankhi)
  • Tanutamen: 664 - 657 BCE (Son of Shabaka) The last Kushite King of Kemet

The 25th Dynasty was the last of Kemet's four Golden Ages. They were:

1st Golden Age – Old Kingdom: Dynasties 3-6 (2665-2160 BCE / Pyramid Age) 2nd Golden Age – Middle Kingdom: Dynasties 11-12 (2040-1784 BCE / Literary Age) 3rd Golden Age – New Kingdom: Dynasties 18-19 (1554-1190 BCE / Temple & Imp. Age) 4th Golden Age – Late Kingdom: Dynasty 25 (747-657 BCE Revival Age)

Dr. John Henrik Clarke referred to the 25th Dynasty as "Egypt's last great walk in the sun." Dr. Asa Hilliard called the 25th Dynasty "Kemet's Last Golden Age." Both men taught us to study the content of African History in context with World History.

With the aid of Dr. Hilliard's Timeline of the Four Golden Ages of Kemet, we can view the content of Kemetic history within a larger historical and cultural context and link it with the cultures of ancient Nubia, Kush and Ethiopia. This new worldview allows African Americans a unique opportunity to reconnect the shattered pieces of our history, restore ancestral memories and reclaim a legacy that has been lost, stolen and marginalized.

The ASA Restoration Project is dedicated to the restoration of the Kushite presence in Kemet and the preservation of the legacy of Dr. Asa Hilliard, III. We will continue to raise funds for the excavation, conservation and restoration of the newly discovered tombs of South Asasif and organize excavation missions. With the establishment of the Dr. Ivan Van Sertima Cultural Circles, we will teach youth and adults African history and encourage them to become advocates and defenders of their culture.

The people behind the journey

This project is led and inspired by the tireless efforts of historians who have dedicated their lives to the restoration of African history. We hope that participation in this project will help inspire the next generation's of leaders.

Who is Asa G. Hilliard?

Dr. Hilliard was an Educator, Educational Psychologist and Historian. He achieved international recognition for excellence in all three disciplines. He was the Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education. Dr. Hilliard wrote numerous technical papers, articles, and books on testing, Ancient African History, teaching strategies, public policy, cultural styles, and child growth and development. He consulted with many of the leading school districts, universities, government agencies, and private corporations on valid assessment, curriculum equity and teacher training. Dr. Hilliard was the co-developer (along with Listervelt Middleton) of the popular historical and educational television series, Free Your Mind, Return To The Source: African Origins. Dr. Hilliard and Mr. Middleton produced many videotapes and educational materials on African History through their production company, Waset Education Productions. Dr. Hilliard was a founding member of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) and passed in Egypt during ASCAC's international conference on August 13, 2007. The ASA Restoration Project was established in 2008 to honor the educational and historical legacy Dr. Hilliard and preserve his memory.

Dr. Elena Pischikova

While in Egypt in 2008, Anthony Browder met a Russian born Egyptologist named Dr. Elena Pischikova who had recently discovered three Kushite tombs. Those who work with her affectingly refer to Dr. Pischikova as "Dr. Elena." She was working as an art historian in a Russian museum when she met Bernard Bothmer, an American Egyptologist who was touring the country. Dr. Bothmer was one of the foremost experts in Egyptian and Kushite Art of the Late Period. He was impressed with Elena's interest in Egyptian history and secured a scholarship for her to travel to the United States where he trained her in Egyptian Art. As an Egyptologist, Dr. Elena worked for the Metropolitan Museum in NYC and directed several restoration projects in Egypt. In her spare time, Elena searched for several lost Kushite tombs in an area known as South Asasif. These tombs had been written about in the 19th century but disappeared in the late 20th century. Her search paid off when she re-discovered three tombs in 2006, in the village of Ahmed el-Rassul, a descendant of the most infamous tomb robbing family in Egypt. For almost 200 years, the Rassul family stole thousands of tomb artifacts and sold them to Egyptologist, collectors and tourists from all over the world. The Rassul's used these ancient tombs as their personal ATM's with no regard for the people who were buried in them. The Rassul's had already looted the tombs that Dr. Elena re-discovered. But despite the loss of their contents, these tombs are important because they connect Kushite History to Kemetic History; this association is critical to the intellectual development of African Americans. This was Dr. Elena's motivation for reaching out to the African American community and this is what has endured her to us. In 2008, Browder established the ASA Restoration Project to raise funds for the South Asasif Conservation Project and to honor the life of Dr. Hilliard who passed in 2007. In addition to fundraising, the ASA Restoration Project has donated computers, supplies and equipment for the excavation and has sponsored three excavation missions. We represent the first African Americans to fund and participate in an Egyptian excavation.

Who is Anthony T. Browder ?

Anthony T. Browder is an artist, author, researcher, publisher, cultural historian, and an educational consultant. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Africa, Japan, Belize, the Caribbean and Europe, on topics pertaining to African and African American History and Culture. Mr. Browder is the founder and director of IKG, a culturally oriented organization that is dedicated to the dissemination of "ancient Egyptian history and wisdom." He is also the director of the IKG Cultural Resource Center in Washington, D.C. Through these two institutions Mr. Browder sponsors lectures, seminars and publishes his research. Mr. Browder has personally escorted over 40 study tours to Egypt since 1987 and has participated in excavations in Luxor, Egypt since 2009. He is the author of From The Browder File, Volumes I and II, Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization, Egypt on the Potomac, and Avatar Revisited. He has also co-authored My First Trip to Africa and Africa on My Mind, with his daughter Atlantis. All of Mr. Browder's publications are currently being used in classrooms throughout the United States and Africa, the Caribbean, Japan and England. Browder has written, produced and directed documentaries for his publications Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization and Egypt on the Potomac. He is also a consultant for numerous historical documentaries including Malcolm's Echo, Nubian Spirit and Motherland. Browder is also the director of the ASA Restoration Project and is the first African American to finance excavations in Egypt and lead archeological missions in the Nile Valley. "Tony" describes himself as a chronicler of facts and information relative to the positive portrayal of the worldwide African experience.

The People Behind the Mission

Our project is run by dedicated individuals who take pride in and have great passion in the work we are doing. Learn more if you are interested in participating!

Anthony Browder, Mission Director

Atlantis Browder, Assistant Mission Director

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Darren McKnight, Project manager

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Olubunmi Bakare, Mission Leader

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Dietrich Bankhead, Engineer in Residence

 

We invite you to join our Mission Team

Location : Luxor, Egypt

For those with an adventurous spirit, we would like you to consider becoming a mission member and work at the excavation site in Luxor, Egypt. You do not have to have prior archeological experience, just an interest in archeology and history. Dr. Pischikova and staff members will provide on-site training for the following positions:  
  • Registration of excavated artifacts
  • Artists to produce line drawings of excavated artifacts
  • Photographers and Videographers
  • Data entry
  Prospective mission members must be willing to work a minimum of two weeks between May and September and we will provide you with the specific dates for each year's mission between 2011 and 2017. If you would like to join our mission team you must first receive a security clearance from the Egyptian government by submitting the following items:  
  1. Your Curriculum Vitae
  2. The first page of your passport
  3. Five passport pictures
These items must be submitted electronically to browderfile@yahoo.com by January 20 of the year you wish to participate in the mission. Only electronic files will be accepted. A $25 processing fee is required for each application and may be submitted by check, payable to IKG CC, and mailed to P.O. Box 73025, Washington, DC 20056. Prospective mission members are responsible for their own transportation to Egypt, meals and lodging. Roundtrip tickets cost approximately $1600.00 and those wishing to stay at the mission house may do so for $400.00 a week which includes lodging, 2 meals a day; and transportation to and from the worksite. Mission members are not required to do any physical labor, but be advised that this is not a vacation. All mission members must be in good health and meet the following requirements:
  1. Must be capable of working in hot weather and in a dusty environment
  2. Must be willing to work from 6 am to 1 pm (Saturday thru Thursday) for two weeks

Working with the mission offers several benefits:

  1. You will have the pleasure of doing meaningful work
  2. You will have an opportunity to interact with scholars from around the world
  3. You are eligible to participate in free field trips to temples, tombs and museums in Luxor in your spare time. It has been said that 70% of the major sites in Egypt are in Luxor and you will have opportunities to tour these sites with experts working with the mission and on your own

Coming Soon!

Sept 5 - Oct 20

There are 3 ways you can support us

Join the 400 Club

We are seeking 400 people willing to donate $10 a month for one year or make an annual contribution of $120. This modest amount contributed by 400 persons would allow us to meet our minimum annual operational budget. Of course you can always make a larger contribution if you are able. Or, if you work for a company that matches employee contributions to non profit (501 C 3) organizations consider this a wonderful opportunity to double your contribution to our efforts.

Join Our Annual Excavation Mission

We are seeking volunteers who are willing to donate two weeks of the time to work at our excavation site in Luxor, Egypt in July or August next year. Prospective mission members are responsible for their own transportation to Egypt, meals and lodging. Roundtrip tickets cost approximately $1700.00 and those wishing to stay at the mission house may do so for $700.00 a week which includes lodging, 2 meals a day; and transportation to and from the worksite. Mission members are not required to do any physical labor, but be advised that this is not a vacation. All mission members must be in good health and meet the following requirements:
  1. Must be capable of working in hot weather and in a dusty environment
  2. Must be willing to work from 5 am to noon (Saturday thru Thursday)
Each person wishing to become a mission member must receive a security clearance from the Egyptian government and submit the following items:
  1. Your Curriculum Vitae
  2. The first page of your passport
  3. Five passport pictures
These items must be submitted by December 21 and they must be transmitted electronically tobrowderfile@yahoo.com. A $25 processing fee is also required for each application and may be submitted by check, payable to IKG CC, and mailed to P.O. Box 73025, Washington, DC 20056. Working with the mission offers several benefits:
  1. You will have the pleasure of doing meaningful work
  2. You will have an opportunity to interact with scholars, historians and Egyptologists from around the world
  3. You are eligible to participate in free field trips to temples, tombs and museums in Luxor in your spare time. It has been said that 70% of the major sites in Egypt are in Luxor and you will have opportunities to tour these sites with experts working with the mission and on your own

Join a Cultural Circle or Host a Cultural Salon

We invite you to share details of the ASA Restoration Project with family and friends. You can join (or organize) a Cultural Circle that is an Action Oriented study group. We will provide a curriculum and organizational structure to help Cultural Circle members master specific aspects of Nile Valley history to share with their community and organizations. You may also host a Cultural Salon fundraiser and invite your friends and colleagues to meet a representative of the ASA Restoration Project (or view a DVD presentation) and learn about the groundbreaking work we are doing in Egypt. Helping expose a wider community of potential contributors is an excellent way of raising the funds necessary for our annual excavation seasons. The most important reason for supporting the ASA Restoration Project is that your contribution of money, time or resources will contribute to the restoration, preservation and presentation of one of the most important finds in recent history. It is an opportunity that few people encounter in their lifetime.

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($1000 + annual donation)
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($500 annual donation)
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25th Dynasty Club

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800 Club Members

($120 annual donation)
  • Amoye Maat
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News & Press

2016

August, 2016 - Burial Chamber Discovery

This year, the team of Pischikova and Browder excavated the burial chamber of Karabasken, the mayor of the ancient city of Luxor, which was the political and religious capital of Egypt during the eighth century BC. Browder and Pischikova discovered a large red granite sarcophagus in Karabasken’s burial chamber in June. After a month of excavating the significance of their discovery became apparent. The newly discovered sarcophagus is twelve feet long, eight feet high, five feet wide and weighs an estimated 20,000 lbs. (10 tons). The red granite sarcophagus is indicative of Karabasken status among the Kushite royalty of Egypt’s 25th Dynasty. Read more

Summer, 2016 - 2016 Update & Wishlist

Thank you for supporting the ASA Restoration Project and helping make us the first African American funded excavation in Egyptian history. We've done great work and have more plans for the new season. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the South Asasif Conservation Project with its goal to excavate and restore the tombs discovered by Dr. Elena Pischikova. 2016 is also the 8th anniversary of the ASA Restoration Project, which has been the primary funder of the South Asasif Conservation Project. Last year the ASA Restoration Project was able to secure $10,000 in additional funding for a stone cutting machine, two high powered drills (and drill bits) and miscellaneous supplies which have allowed us to do more reconstruction in the second pillared hall last season, that was done in the past 4 years combined.

2013

Winter, 2012-13 - Report on "Thebes in the 1st Millenium BC" Conference, by Salima Ikram

"The South Asasif Conservation Project and the MSA joined forces to host a formidable conference in Luxor: 'Thebes in the First Millenium BC.' This four-day conference gathered together specialists in the period from all over the world..."

Spring, 2012 - Book of the Dead in Karakhamun's Tomb, by Kenneth Griffin

In 2010 a grant from the EES Centenary Fund was awarded to Kenneth Griffin to study the Book of the Dead in Second Pillared Hall of the Theban Tomb of Karakhamun.

2010

November 9, 2010 - PRELIMINARY REPORT : South Asasif Conservation Project, by Dr. Elena Pischikova

On August 26th 2010 the South Asasif Conservation Project mission completed its fifth season in the South Asasif necropolis, West Bank, Luxor re-discovered by the mission in 2006.

September 15, 2010 - Tomb of Karakhamun found by Egyptian-American team!

An Egyptian-American expedition has found the burial chamber of a priest named Karakhamun (TT223)

September 15, 2010 - Archaeologists Find Ancient Egyptian Burial Chamber -- Again

Egypt's antiquities chief says archaeologists have unearthed a 2,800-year-old burial chamber that boasts brightly painted astrological scenes at a site believed to house the tombs of ancient Egyptian nobles. http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/09/15/archaeologists-year-old-egyptian-burial-chamber/

September 15, 2010 - Ancient Egyptian tomb of Karakhamun at Assasif: a major tomb for a minor priest?

Archaeologists have rediscovered the 'lost' tomb an ancient Egyptian priest at the Theban Necropolis in Egypt. http://heritage-key.com/category/tags/elena-pischikova

Burial Chamber Discovered on Luxor’s West Bank

The Latest Finding of an American Egyptian Team of Excavators Asa Restoration Project, Washington, DC The Minister of the Egyptian Antiquities Department today announced the discovery of a 25th Dynasty burial chamber and sarcophagus on Luxor’s west bank. This is the latest discovery made by the ASA Restoration Project, which is funding the American Egyptian
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Abu Simbel, Edfu & Kom Ombo

July 14th: Abu Simbel. Whew!!! I could really just sum up the group’s experience with this great architectural and engineering feet with those three words. Abu Simbel is amazing, in the classic sense of the word. Even the view from the plane, from hundreds of miles in the air, is breath-taking. Truly a sight to
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From the Westside of Chicago to the West Bank of Luxor

This is a brief story of my life and my search to find my personal and cultural roots. My mother was 16 years old when I was born. I was 5 years old when she married my father, Harold Browder, and 10 years old when she divorced him. I was 45 years old when I
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NUBIAN Village

We closed out July 12th, our first day in Aswan, by traveling down the Nile for a visit to the Nubian Village. As I have mentioned before, the people are quite poor and disadvantaged, yet regal and dignified. Theirs is the air of a people who, yet downtrodden, know that their current state is neither
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Day One in Aswan: Nubian Museum & Philae Temple

Tuesday, July 12th was our first full day in Aswan. I was quite excited because the population of that city more closely represents the peopling of ancient Egypt. I was also excited to walk on the holy ground that once was Meröe, Napata and Kerma and others between 300, BCE and 300, CE., the last
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Cairo Museum and Aswan

We toured the Cairo Museum on July 12th, and flew 800 miles south to Aswan. Aswan is home to the Aswan High dam, which flooded countless sacred sites from the Upper Kemetic kingdom of Meröe, and others. The dam also displaced thousands of Nubians, who trace their lineage directly back to the Pharaonic period. The
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