Institutional Support to Supreme Council of Antiquities
What is this project about?
The project aims to improve the management of archaeological sites in Egypt. Its efforts were based on North Saqqara, Necropolis and Fayoum Oasis case studies.
The project built on the framework of the Egyptian-Italian Environmental Cooperation Program Phase II that ended in 2011, which is one of the international channels through which the Government of Egypt implements policies and actions to support and enhance cultural and environmental national heritage.
The current phase of the project started in October 2013, with the aim of consolidating the activities implemented at Medinet Madi located in El Fayoum Governorate. Such initiative is, in fact, intending to permanently open to the public the archaeological park of Medinet Madi and its visitor center, developing a sustainable management system in terms of environmental protection and conservation of cultural heritage. In addition, the current project aims to achieve the following specific objectives:
- Permanent opening the Medinet Madi Archaeological Park to the public including the Visitor Centre;
- Site management, Monuments conservation and maintenance (including the track maintenance);
- Capacity building for community development through professional training of local staff;
- Partnerships for scientific dissemination with Fayoum University and Italian University specialized in the fields of archaeological management, conservation and cultural tourism;
- Activities for the visibility and promotion of the Medinet Madi Archaeological Park;
- Redaction the Management Plan of Medinet Madi Archaeological Park
What have we accomplished so far?
- The project has implemented the monitoring system for Saqqara monuments, 15 tombs have been included in the environmental monitoring system. The system monitories the variations of the essential parameters related to the wall paintings conservation, which are: temperature, relative humidity, CO2.The activities included the technical support to the Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA) personnel, through training courses, that have been carried out.
- To physically connect Madinet Madi archaeological site to Wadi El Rayan Protected Area, a 27 km long unpaved track has been realized. The route of such track respects the landscape and it enhances its panoramic characteristics.
- The project investigated the environmental and cultural assets in Fayum Governorate through the analysis on a territorial scale elaborated through a Geographical Information System. The task of this database is the reproduction of the general framework of the oasis by thematic layers that is the base for the elaboration of instruments such master plans drawn up to enhance local resources and foster sustainable development. The G.I.S includes touristic routes in Fayum, linking natural areas and archaeological sites, in particular the new desert track realized by the Project.
- Opening of the site to the public and this required sand removal, archaeological survey, monuments consolidation and restoration, visiting path, and as well as the Visitor Centre and eco lodge realization.
- Strengthening educational partnerships with the Fayoum University and University of Tuscia as an Italian University specialized in conservation and cultural heritage. Training activities in the conservation, management and governance sector of fragile site have been conducted with the aim to develop SCA personnel’s capacity and university students for better Management and Governance of fragile archaeological sites.
Who finances this project?
The Government of Egypt
The Government of Italy
Delivery in previous fiscal year
- The aim of the project is to ensure proper management, conservation and permanent opening to the public the archaeological park of Medinet Madi and its visitor center, within an environmentally oriented sustainable approach, while contributing to the socio-economic promotion of local communities and supporting eco-tourism in Fayoum Governorate, based on the respectful use and promotion of the National cultural heritage.