Cooperation between Spain and Egypt for Education and Professional Training

Funerary temple of Tuthmosis III in Luxor (Egypt) (2010-2012)

Project Management

- Dr. Myiriam Seco Álvarez (Project Director of excavation, restoration and enhancement of the funerary temple of Tuthmosis III in Luxor (Egypt).
- Dr. Asunción Jódar Miñarro (Director of the Department of Drawing at the University of Granada).

This international project is organized by the University of Granada, the Santander Universities (Santander Bank), the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Egyptian government and the project “Excavation, Restoration and Enhancement of the Funerary Temple of Tuthmosis III in Luxor (Egypt)”.  The main aim of the project is to promote cooperation through education and training between Spain and Egypt. The program focuses upon developing new research strategies based upon the teams multicultural and multidisciplinary composition.

The training program began in the 2010 - 2011 season with the launch of four, 30 hour, courses, intended for the inspectors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities working on archaeological sites in Egypt. The courses took place in conjunction with the excavation of the Funerary temple of Tuthmosis III. The main objective was to provide a broad view of involvement in any archaeological excavation and pass on the knowledge brought by the varied team members. In these courses, the Inspectors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of the Egyptian government are trained to be able to investigate indepedantly, acquiring the professional skills and knowledge needed to study and conserve archaeological sites in order to preserve their own cultural past.


1. Courses

There are four 30-hour courses under the program taught in December 2010 and 2011, with content focusing on methodology and research in conservation and cultural heritage.

In December 2010 the following courses were delivered:
- “Techniques and Instruments of Archaeological Research.” Dr. D. José Antonio Peña-Ruano (Universidad de Granada)
- “Photography and Archaeology.” Dr. D. Ricardo Marín-Viadel (Universidad de Granada).

In December 2011, the following courses will be delivered:
- “Drawing and Cultural Visual Heritage” and “New Methods in Archaeology.”

2. Scholarships

Two scholarships are available for Egyptian inspectors participating in the courses. These consist of a stay during May 2011 at the University of Granada in order to attend classes and seminars as part of the Masters Degree course, taking the following components: “Archaeology” and “Planning and Drawing: Creation, Production and Dissemination,” in along with visits to the universities archaeological excavations in eastern Andalusia.

3. Seminars and Conferences

Papers on the student experience as a scholarship recipient will be sent to the international heritage conferences in 2011 and 2012.

In March 2011, the directors of the excavation of the Funerary temple of Tuthmosis III, Dr. Myriam Seco Álvarez and Dr. Atta Radwan will speak at the seminar "Archaeology, Conservation of Heritage and Artistic Creation" that is being delivered at the University of Granada.

4. Publication of results in 2012-2013