Unfortunately, no. Wadi el-Hudi is located in a military zone and visitors are not allowed. Our team needs to get a series of permissions from the military and police to do our work. With more funding, however, we hope to make three-dimensional models of some of the inscriptions, artifacts, and settlements so that people can tour the monuments virtually.
WHERE CAN YOU GO TO SEE OBJECTS FROM WADI EL-HUDI?
Fortunately, many inscribed stelae from Wadi el-Hudi can be visited at museums in Egypt. The most famous Stela of Horus (WH143) will be on view at the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. Three other stelae are also located at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. About 40 stelae are housed in the Aswan Museum on Elephantine Island, currently under renovation. We hope that when the renovation is completed, several stelae from Wadi el-Hudi will be placed on display. A list of the stelae in Cairo and Aswan appears in Ashraf Sadek’s translation of the inscriptions (see our publications’ page).
WHAT HAPPENS TO ARTIFACTS
AFTER WE FIND THEM?
The Wadi el-Hudi Expedition works hand-in-hand with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. A ministry appointed inspector travels with us daily to the archaeological sites and supervises all of our work. When we find artifacts that need to be studied further, conserved, or protected, those artifacts are transported to the official government antiquities magazine in the Aswan. Then we continue our study of the objects in the magazine. We have also arranged with the Ministry to transfer some scientific samples to labs in Egypt for analysis, like the Institut français d'archéologie orientale (IFAO) in Cairo. All objects—including even broken pieces of pottery and soil samples—remain in Egypt under the official oversight and control of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
WHEN ARE WE GOING
TO EGYPT AGAIN?
We plan to return to Egypt in Winter 2017 or Spring 2018. However, the amount of work that we accomplish will depend on how much money we raise. As of now, we will be working in the magazine to draw and study pottery and other small finds gathered in previous seasons. And we will work towards completing the mapping of Wadi el-Hudi so that we have the data required to write a book about the landscape and archaeological sites that will contain all of our newly made maps. With even more funding, we would continue our excavations at major sites to learn about how people lived and died in the desert. We would check all of the epigraphic drawings of the inscriptions with the originals, with an eye to publishing another book on all of the inscriptions. And we would learn more about the surrounding landscape, especially seeking out sources of water that the miners used. Every donation, whether large or small, allows us to do more work in Egypt. We encourage you to help out.
IS IT SAFE TO
WORK IN EGYPT?
As an official archaeological mission working in Egypt, we work directly with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities who sends security guards with our team into the desert. We commute daily from Aswan, which is a beautiful town and major tourist destination also protected by the Egyptian Tourist Police. Our team takes all of the necessary precautions to stay safe in Egypt, and we have been rewarded with happy and productive seasons. If you want to visit Egypt, I urge you to go as part of a tour group. You will be very safe and see wonders that will change your life.
There are two very effective means of helping the work of the Wadi el-Hudi Expedition. First, I urge you to donate to the project. Your donation is tax deductible. Whether it is $20, $10/month, or $1000, every little bit helps and goes directly to support our work in Egypt. The entire Wadi el-Hudi team donates its time and labor to the project. We do not take stipends for our work. The majority of our budget for each season is spent in Egypt on buying food and supplies, hiring workers, renting 4x4 vehicles to travel into the desert, and renting apartments. The majority of our budget helps financially to support the people of modern Egypt. Every little bit counts. If you give $20, we can pay for a day of living expenses of one member of our team in Aswan. If you give $70 we can rent a 4x4 vehicle to take our team into the desert for a day. We are a small, frugal, no frills team, which means that your contribution will make a difference. Second, we are looking for a handful of volunteers to work for the Wadi el-Hudi project from home. Processing data from an archaeological excavation is labor intensive, and we have dozens of tasks that could be done by meticulous and dedicated volunteers on their own time, such as transcribing handwritten notebooks, tagging photos, or digitizing drawings. If you live in the San Bernardino area, other tasks are also available. If you are interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.