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Jean Revez & Peter Brand discuss the work and latest results of the Karnak Joint Epigraphic Mission for the SSEA's Katary Travel Scholarship

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Since 2011, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) – University of Memphis joint epigraphic mission at Karnak has been recording and studying the complex decoration on the columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Amen-Re at Karnak. With generous funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and other agencies, they have employed photogrammetry and other emerging technologies to enable researchers to gain new insights into the elaborate decorative program and complex epigraphic history of the columns, as well as the virtual reconstruction of fallen columns that are no longer in situ.

With a focus on the most recent work carried out during the past few years both off the field (in terms of the production of 2D and 3D sets of data of the columns) and on site in Egypt (the ongoing study of the original state of the Hall before its partial collapse at the end of the 19th Century), the aim of the talk is to spell out the main objectives of the project's undertaking, the means by which the are attained and the major results achieved so far.

This lecture is a fundraiser for the Sally L.D. Katary Travel Scholarship. The suggested donation is $10.

We gratefully acknowledge the time donated by our special presenters Jean Revez and Peter Brand, the Co-directors of the project.

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