Architectural Conservation in Egypt’s Western Desert

The Amheida Project

Nicholas Warner

American University in Cairo

Architectural conservation and presentation work at the site of Amheida in the Dakhla Oasis, supported by ISAW, began in 2007 and has focused on mud-brick structures of the late-Roman period. The work has also included the creation of a full-scale replica of a house with outstanding painted decoration that belonged to a member of the town council named Serenos. This structure was designed to serve as the site’s visitor center, and its construction provided many insights into the processes required to fabricate such a building. The new House of Serenos was opened earlier this year. This lecture is the first occasion in America that the architectural conservation of Amheida has been described and placed in context.

Nicholas Warner has been based in Egypt since 1993 and has served as ISAW’s conservation architect there since 2006. He has worked extensively on the preservation and presentation of Egyptian sites of all periods including Historic Cairo, Old Cairo, the Red and White Monasteries in Sohag, tombs in Luxor, and the New Kingdom Necropolis at Saqqara.

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