False Doors

Slide71One of the goals of the 2013 season is the reconstruction of the false door in the tomb of Karakhamun. This photograph from 2012 shows the remains of the false door in situ and some elements found during the excavation of the court. Only from 10 to 30 cm of the structure, the 12 cm base of the central statue and the feet of Osiris were found in situ in 2011. Yet this small section provides information on the width and the overall configuration  of the door. The known height of the central aisle and found fragments of various architectural elements allowed to calculate the dimensions of most of the sections of the door. The reconstruction was enhanced in 2013 and now includes around 100 blocks. It is in its finishing state in a sandbox.  Most of the fragments are direct joins which helps to reimagine the door. We rely on numerous examples of corresponding structures in the tombs of the North Asasif to confirm our suggestions but in some cases the found joins contradict known patterns and demonstrate the unique features of Karakhmun’s door. We receive the most “assistance” from the immediate neighbors of Karakhamun  in the South Asasif necropolis. The false door of Karabasken is in a ruined condition but the remFalse door 2aining outlines allow to reconstruct its proportions. The false door of Irtieru (see photo) was influenced by Karakahmun, which is obvious from its architecture and decoration. All three doors share a similar proportional relationship of major architectural elements. The obvious connection between these three tombs provides numerous clues for the reconstruction of  Karakhamun, the most ruined tomb in the necropolis. The photograph below shows two of the Project’s conservators fixing the first fragment of the false door a slab of new limestone. A newly built limestone frame will support the growing structure and the statue of Osiris.    DSCF4824


One response to “False Doors

  1. Reblogged this on JoNeaIsisMarie and commented:
    Such great work being carried out at an amazing site.

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