Media reports about the opening of the Solar Complex, which took place February 22, 2015

Many media reports about the opening of the Complex of Solar Cult in the Temple of Hatshepsut has been posted in the Internet. Full list and links can be found in the tab MEDIA.

CECE7 – VIIth European Conference of Egyptologists. Egypt 2015: Perspectives of Research

CECE7 – VIIth European Conference of Egyptologists. Egypt 2015: Perspectives of Research will be held on 2-7 June, 2015. Hatshepsut's Mission will be represented by Jadwiga Iwaszczuk and Kamila Braulińska on June 3rd:


9.40 Jadwiga Iwaszczuk, Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures – Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Battle scenes from the temple of Thutmose I in Gurna

10.00 Kamila Braulińska, University of Warsaw

Some Remarks on the Lion Iconography in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari


The conference is co-organised by a few scholarly institutions, the Department of History, The Centre for Croatian Studies, the University of Zagreb (represented by dr. Mladen Tomorad), Croatia, the Croatian Association for Medical Anthropology of the Croatian Medical Association (represented by dr. Mislav Čavka), and the Department of Ancient Cultures of the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities in Pułtusk, Poland (represented by dr Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska). The conference is also supported by the Croatian Institute of History, Croatian National Board of Historical Sciences and Croatian Historical Society.

The conference will be held in the Croatian Institute of History (Zagreb, Opatička 10 - The Upper Town - the old city) from
2-7 June, 2015.


Conference programm can be found HERE.

Upcoming events in Egypt related to the Hatshepsut Mission

Dr. Zbigniew E. Szafrański will give a talk on the April 17th in the Egyptian television. Next the Visegrad Group conference "Egyptological Evening", organised by the Czech Republic Embassy in Cairo, will take place on the 28th of April. During this event Dr. Zbigniew E. Szafrański and Izabela Uchman will give lectures about PCMA and work at the Temple of Hatshepsut.


Dr Zbigniew E. Szafrański, „From prehistory to Roman university and hermitages – the PCMA works”

Izabela Maria Uchman, "History, symbols, time and art. Conservation and restoration of the wall painting at the Temple of Hatshepsut"


More details can be found HERE.

Current Research in Egyptology XVI in Oxford, 15-18 April, 2015

On the 15-18 April the XVIth Current Research in Egyptology conference will be held at the University of Oxford.  This year's conference theme is Travel in Egypt. Two memebers of our mission will present their research. Filip Taterka will give a paper Hatshepsut’s Expedition to the Land of Punt - Novelty or Tradition?, while Katarzyna Kapiec will present a poster Travel of Artifacts - Objects from Hatshepsut’s Temple in Deir el-Bahari in the Museums’ Collections Around the World, concerning emerging database of artifacts from the Temple after Hatshepsut's reign stored outside Egypt. This database and one created by Jadwiga Iwaszczuk (artifacts from the reign of Hatshepsut) are gradually added in our tab Objects in museums.


The conference program can found HERE and HERE.

The Vth Iberian Conference of Egyptology will be held next week

The Vth Iberian Conference of Egyptology will take place from the 9th to the 12th of March in Cuenca, Spain. Sergio Alarcón Robledo, member of our mission, will give a paper Configuración original de la terraza superior del Templo Funerario de Hatshepsut en Deir el-Bahari (Original configuration of the Upper Courtyard of the Funerary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari) on Monday 9th at 6.05 PM.


The congress program and more information can be found HERE.

First photo relation from the opening of the Complex of the Solar Cult

First photo relation from the opening ceremony of the Complex of the Solar Cult can be viewed in our GALLERY. Pictures were taken by Mission's photographer, Maciej Jawornicki.

Grand opening ceremony of the Complex of the Sun Cult in the Temple of Hatshepsut on February 22!

On Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 11.30 the opening ceremony of the Complex of the Sun Cult in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari will take place. Celebration will begin with the speeches of following persons:


Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, Minister of State for Antiquities and Heritage in Egypt
H. E., Mr. Michał Murkociński, Ambassador of the Polish Republic 
Dr. Zbigniew Szafrański, Director of the Polish-Egyptian Archaeological and Conservation Mission in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari



Event is organized by the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities in cooperation with the PCMA Research Centre in Cairo and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.


In the afternoon event will be moved to the Polish Dig House, Metropolitan House. At 4.30 there will be opening of the photograph exibition prepared for the 100 years of the Metropolitan House, followed by the lecture at 5.00 by Marcel Maessen with a contribution by Mariusz Caban.


Exibition plates about the Solar Complex can be downloaded HERE:






Polish Mission is preparing for the opening of the Complex of the Solar Cult for public

Currently, the Polish Mission in the temple of Hatshepsut is preparing for the opening of the Complex of the Solar Cult for public, which will be held on February 23. Work focuses on the designing the sightseeing paths, final conservation of the reliefs, adequate protection and preparation of this part of the temple for tourists.

These are not the only actions of the Polish Mission. Spring season is also traditionally devoted to the conservation. This year, conservators deal with the re-modelling of the ozyriac statue in the Lower North Portico, transferring the previously reconstructed sphinx from lapidary to the original place by the processional alley in the Lower Courtyard and inserting blocks in the walls of the Chapel of Hatshepsut.
Other works of the Polish Mission are held in the Complex of the Royal Cult (epigraphic verification in the Chapel of Hatshepsut and Chapel of Thutmose I, photographic documentation in the niches and the Chapel of Thutmose I), in lapidary (architectural documentation) and over the vestibule of the Hathor Shrine (securing roof).

Ph.D. thesis about Temple of Hathepsut defended by the member of the Polish Mission, Marta Sankiewicz.

We are pleased to announce that on the 8 January 2015 member of our Mission, Marta Sankiewicz, defended with honors her doctoral thesis Ikonografia Hatszepsut i Totmesa III w świątyni Hatszepsut w Deir el-Bahari jako odbicie relacji między współwładcami (in English: Iconography of Hatshepsut and Tuthmosis III in the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari as a reflection of the relationship between both rulers), written under the supervision of Professor R. Koliński. Reviewers were Professor J. Śliwa from the Jagiellonian University and Professor. A. Niwiński from the University of Warsaw. Defense took place at the Faculty of History, UAM (Poznań). 


Congratulations and we look forward to the publication. 


More about the project can be found HERE.


Works in the temple of Hatshepsut resumed

In the second half of January works of Polish Mission in the temple of Hatshepsut have been resumed. In this part of season our acitivity will be focused primarily on conservation and excavations. It is planned to:



 - set the reconstruction of the Sphinx of Hatshepsut by the processional path in Lower Courtyard 

 - insert new blocks in the Hatshepsut Chapel and Tuthmosis I Chapel 

 - continue securing the area above the vestibule of Hathor Chapel

 - continue the excavations in the Lower and Upper Courtyard 

 - continue studies, documentation and reconstruction in Complex of Royal Cult

 - document the artefacts from previous and current excavations


We keep fingers crossed and wish good luck to all the members of our Mission.