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The excavations of CEFB

l'area del tempio nel 1997 During the year 1997 the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the Egyptian government department responsible for granting the excavation permits and the inspections on the site activities, decided to grant Dr. Angelo Sesana, an Italian egyptologist and orientalist, the exclusive rights to excavate the area once occupied by the Temple of Millions of Years belonging to the Pharaoh Amenhotep II (XVIII dynasty). Dr. Sesana was given his responsibility after some twenty years of intensive excavation activity, research and study in the Western Thebes area. He followed the very same tracks over the Theban mountains repeatedly covered by Francesco Ballerini, also born in Como – Italy.

The site of the Temple, named after the Pharaoh Amenhotep II, was briefly investigated by Sir Williams Matthew Flinders Petrie from the University College of London, in the years 1894 and1895; unfortunately he employed efficient but hurried methods of the times. Apart from some possible thefts made by tomb raiders, who very spared few Egyptian monuments, the site has been totally abandoned. Since then new archaeological research, carried out with modern and systematic methods, have never been done.

l'area del tempio nel 2009 The main purpose of the Italian mission is to unearth what remains of the temple’s structure and to draw its plan in the greatest possible detail. At the same time the research is also focused on finding and studying other wall structures, prior and after the building of the temple. The final purpose is to discover and to re-establish all the past events that characterized the area where the temple was built. The association CEFB is also deeply involved in the restoration, conservation and study of all the archaeological finds discovered during the excavations, with the intention of creating a possible museum exhibition.