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Stoppelaëre House

Post by HEPZIBAH » Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:08 pm

Luxor's Stoppelaëre House to be transformed into scientific centre for heritage

The 1940s Stoppelaëre House is to be opened tomorrow on Luxor’s west bank
Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 16 Feb 2017

After 12 months of restoration, Stoppelaëre House is to be opened with a view to developing it into a cultural and scientific centre for heritage.
Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Swiss Ambassador Markus Leitner will open the house Friday. The house is a fully restored masterpiece of 20th century architecture by Egypt's pioneer architect Hassan Fathy. The restoration was part of the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative launched in 2008 by the Ministry of Antiquities in collaboration with the University of Basel and the Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation.

Mahmoud Afifi, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, said that Stoppelaëre House is an example of Fathy's mature approach to mud brick architecture. It was built in 1950 for Alexander Stoppelaëre after the completion of the village of New Gourna, a visionary housing project of the late 1940s. The restoration was funded by Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation, Madrid, and the work was carried out by the Waly Centre for Architecture and Heritagein Cairo with a team of local craftsmen.

Tarek Waly, one of the leading heritage architects working in Egypt, worked with Fathy for many years and has a deep understanding of his aims and intentions. Great attention has been paid to preserving the building while also making it serve a new function as a state of the art 3D scanning, archiving and training centre.

Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation, explained that the new centre at Stoppelaëre House will bring 3D scanning technologies (including medium/long range survey scanning, close range high-resolution surface scanning, composite photography and high-resolution photogrammetry) to Luxor. High-resolution recording and documentation provides a cost effective solution for heritage documentation that will benefit the local community.

He pointed out that in 2016, Factum Foundation began training local operators under the supervision of Aliaa Ismail, a specialist in architecture and Egyptology, who will run the centre. “The first two local operators are already fully trained and as the centre becomes fully equipped, the number of people receiving training in data recording, processing and archiving will increase,” Lowe said.

He added that the restoration of Stoppelaëre House and the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative Training Centre are one of the central elements of the Theban Necropolis Preservation Initiative (TNPI), a project initiated in 2008. The TNPI gained prominence in 2014 for installing an exact facsimile of the tomb of Tutankhamun on the site near Howard Carter´s house.

Lowe continued that high-resolution recording and documentation are transforming the ways in which we protect, monitor, study and communicate the importance of vulnerable cultural heritage sites like the Valley of the Kings.

Now the initiative is focused on the tomb of King Seti I. Upon the discovery of the tomb 200 years ago by the explorer Giovanni Battista Belzoni, a facsimile was made of the tomb’s wall to put them on show in London. Regretfully, Belzoni’s facsimile was made by casting the walls, which caused significant damage to the tomb. Belzoni and others also removed sections of the tomb that are now in international museums and collections around the world.

Stoppelaëre House will become the symbol of a new approach, whereby such scattered fragments are analysed and reintegrated into a whole by way of new technologies. During 2017 there will be a significant transfer of skills and technology in order to facilitate the recording of sites in and around Luxor.

Salima Ikram, professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, describes the training programme as a fantastic idea. “It will provide Egyptians with the most up-to-date technologies that will allow them to preserve and document their cultural heritage accurately and completely. This shows how international cooperation can further the preservation of heritage, not just for Egypt, but for the world," she said.

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Re: Stoppelaëre House

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Re: Stoppelaëre House

Post by Who2 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:41 pm

Last time I was in there was when it was used as Theodor Davis' house in BBC's excellent Tutankhamen.
Time for another visit methinks...with another Dr. Salima (who's in charge of my mummification) could be a fun day out.... 8)
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Re: Stoppelaëre House

Post by HEPZIBAH » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:08 pm

It never ceases to amaze me how many people think that Stoppelaere House is Carter House, including local residents. I've had it pointed out to me many times as Carter House and I've had to correct them.
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Re: Stoppelaëre House

Post by Horus » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:27 pm

Time for another visit methinks...with another Dr. Salima (who's in charge of my mummification) could be a fun day out.... 8)
Not wanting to go off topic, but talking of Salima and mummification Dr. did you see that excellent programme she made some time ago where she was doing just that?
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Re: Stoppelaëre House

Post by Winged Isis » Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:58 pm

HEPZIBAH wrote:It never ceases to amaze me how many people think that Stoppelaere House is Carter House, including local residents. I've had it pointed out to me many times as Carter House and I've had to correct them.
The guides are the worst; they should know better. I was told that on my first visit, but knew otherwise so informed my guide. I know it still goes on all these years later. :( I always have to tell our clients the truth.
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Re: Stoppelaëre House

Post by Who2 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:10 am

I never saw her programme but her & Lorraine Evans have both mummified various animals and along with Nick's assistance are prepared to mummify me when the appropriate time arrives.
Not in the to near future...'inshaala!..... 8)
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Re: Stoppelaëre House

Post by John Landon » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:59 pm

I can sort out a temporary mummification for you if you like Doc' :up
My mate probably has some of his Corwen Catatonic left over...... :mrgreen:

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Re: Stoppelaëre House

Post by Horus » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:16 pm

My apologies Dr. it was not Selima Ikram I was thinking about earlier, rather it was Bob Briar who did the programme I mentioned about making a modern day mummy. Here he is giving a lecture about it, but I have not yet found a link to the actually programme although there must be one somewhere.
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