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Swiss experts are helping restore the Osireion

 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:35 pm    Post subject: Swiss experts are helping restore the Osireion Reply with quote

Another article....

The tomb of Osiris faces collapse after 4,500 years (Ursula Wüthrich und Pascal Thönen)
Swiss experts are helping restore the Osireion - one of the most important burial sites of ancient Egypt, which is crumbling away with time.

The 4,500-year-old Osireion was a place of pilgrimage for the ancient Egyptians, who went there to worship King Osiris - the father of pharaonic culture- who they believed was buried there.


Theo Abt, who lectures at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, says that despite the tomb's importance, the site has been allowed to fall into a "shocking" state of decay.
It was Abt who came up with the idea for the restoration project involving geologists and construction engineers from universities and technical colleges in canton Bern.
The tomb of Osiris is in the Nile Valley, around 560 kilometres south of Cairo and 120 kilometres north of Luxor. The site is as wide as a football field, almost twice as long and divided into numerous chambers.
An important part of the site is a subterranean chamber that connects with the river Nile. Within it is a kind of island which was flooded when the Nile waters rose. The island was meant to symbolise life, which no flood can totally wipe out.

Rising water levels

Water traditionally played an important part in ancient Egyptian worship, but has now become part of the tomb's problem. The island is no longer periodically flooded, it is constantly under water.
"A pile of stones in a water hole," is how Bernese geology professor Christian Schlüchter describes the appearance of the chamber, which once symbolised life. The water level has risen not just within the tomb but throughout the Nile Valley.
Schlüchter says that assumptions the rise is due to the damming of the river have not been proven. Researchers at Bern University are investigating the possible causes.
The stones are gradually disintegrating because the heat of the sun causes water to rise up through the stones and evaporate, leaving behind salts which crystallise.

Restoration

Students at the technical college of architecture, construction and wood in the town of Burgdorf have come up with four separate proposals for the site, which would at the very least prevent any further deterioration.
Their preferred option - and the most expensive - would ensure the long-term preservation of the monument. It would entail the removal of all the stones, the sealing of the floor and replacement of some stones. The tomb would then be rebuilt exactly as before.
The aim is to remain as true as possible to the original and allow public access to the memorial. The periodic flooding of the tomb, which was part of the original design, would be a feature of the rebuilt tomb too.
It is up to the Egyptian authorities to decide which of the four proposals is adopted.
swissinfo, Antoinette Schwab


Questo il sito:
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=111&sid=5558242

Gilberto Sozzani
egittologia.net
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hang on, the tomb of Osiris and the Osireon are two different structures. The tomb of Osiris is a mound about a mile from the temple where the Osireon is based. The Osiereon was a centotaph built by Seti I in black granite just behind the Temple he built, not the tomb of Osiris. I ahve been to Abydos and had both sites pointed out to me individually. I am confused!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I actually got confused as well...I think that the journalists who wrote the article were confused too Wink ....anyway, I know they are talking about the Osireion, not the tomb...but if you have more news about that, please let me know... Wink
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