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Picture of the Month  (06/01/2021)

For more than a century, important restoration works have been conducted within the temple precincts at Karnak. This photograph taken by Jean Capart in 1909 recalls the enormous effort that the Egyptian Antiquities Service put in consolidating and re-building the great hypostyle hall of the temple of Amun. It documents the delicate operation of the 21st of April, during which Georges Legrain (to the right of the block) and his team removed a 50-ton architrave block in the southern part of the great hypostyle hall. This is recounted by Legrain in 'Excavations and Explorations', AREEF 1908-1909, 15. A massive amount of backfill material had been moved from the northern part of the hall to form a 15m high artifical mound along which the block could be dragged down the ramp using rope and wooden rollers. Note the flags and palm branches that were attached to the block by the workmen to bring a blessing upon the operation. For an animated view of this picture as a stereogram, visit our Instagram account.

Season's greetings

Although we will not be able to be as cosily together as on this stereogram taken by Jean Capart in February 1923, SURA's team wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!

Picture: Spectators assembled to attend the fantasia organised at Dendera to greet and honour Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians. For an animated view of this stereogram, visit our Instagram account.

Picture of the Month  (01/12/2020)

In February 1923, Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians, was in Egypt to attend the opening of the burial chamber of the recently discovered tomb of Tutankhamun. Keen as she was on ancient Egypt, she took the opportunity to also visit other archaeological sites in Upper Egypt, among which the temple of Dendera. Upon her arrival there, a large crowd had gathered on the riverbank to welcome the Queen and attend the festivities organised by local authorities in her honour. Beside the traditional fantasia (with horsemanship performances), there was this blind singer that Jean Capart—Elisabeth’s guide through Egypt—photographed from the felucca (wooden sailing boat) loaned by Abdel Aziz Yahia Bey, governour of Qena, for the occasion. For an animated view of this picture as a stereogram, visit our Instagram account.

(21/11/2020) Lecture 48e Nederlands-Vlaamse Egyptologendag

On Saturday November 21, 2020, the SURA project is officially launched during the annual Flemish-Dutch Egyptologists day. This year, the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, are hosting the event, which takes place online. 

For more information, see: Egyptologendag 

If you want to register for this event, please contact Wouter Claes (w.claes [at] 


Picture of the Month  (05/11/2020)

We start our series of 'Picture of the Month' with the image that adorns the home page of our website. This photograph was taken by Jean Capart in 1905 inside the mortuary temple of Seti I in Western Thebes. It shows Charles Mathien, one of Capart’s students at the University of Liège, and early travelling companion, facing a wall inside the chapel of the solar cult.
This visit was part of a trip that Capart made to Egypt on behalf of the RMAH to choose a mastaba in Saqqara for the museum in Brussels. This 5th Dynasty mastaba, belonging to Neferirtenef, still constitutes a masterpiece of the Egyptian collection at the RMAH (E.02465).
This particular glass plate is actually part of a stereogram, i.e. a pair of two-dimensional, offset images that could be combined and viewed using a stereoscope to give the perception of 3D depth. For an animated view of this stereogram, visit our Instagram account.

(19/09/2020) Lecture Wouter Claes

On Saturday September 19, 2020, Wouter Claes gives a lecture at “La Séance de Rentrée”, the opening conference of Egyptologica a.s.b.l. The title of his lecture is “L’Égypte dans l’objectif : le projet SURA et les photographies historiques sur plaque de verre des Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire”. The lecture takes place at the Centre Culturel of Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, but can be followed online as well. 

For more information on registration and the full program, see: