Luxor Temple The Epigraphic Survey at Chicago House

A ancient Egyptian temple on the east back of Nile that is one of the oldest religious centers with continuous worship.

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The Epigraphic Survey

The Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, based at Chicago House in Luxor, Egypt, is directed by Dr. W. Raymond Johnson, Research Associate Professor of the University of Chicago and the Oriental Institute.

The mission of the Survey since its founding in 1924 has been to produce photographs and precise line drawings of the inscriptions and relief scenes on major temples and tombs at Luxor for publication. More recently the Survey has expanded its program to include conservation, restoration, site management, and conservation training, and new digital drawing techniques have been integrated into our documentation program.

In addition to the field director, the professional staff of the Survey normally includes three to four epigraphers, four to five artists, multiple digital and film photographers, architects, librarians, conservators, stonemasons, IT consultants, and finance/administrators. The epigraphers and artists include both graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who have received training in all aspects of Egyptology. The Epigraphic Survey's archaeological field season runs from October 15th to April 15th each year.

Current long-term project sites include Luxor Temple, Medinet Habu, Theban Tomb 107, and the Temple of Khonsu at Karnak. Most of our programs are made possible by grants (including USAID Egypt, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the World Monuments Fund) and much appreciated private and corporate contributions.

Luxor Temple

The Epigraphic Survey at Chicago House

A ancient Egyptian temple on the east back of Nile that is one of the oldest religious centers with continuous worship.

Chicago House Research Institute, Karnak, Luxor, Luxor Governorate 1362602, Egypt