Posted by: iMalqata Blog | February 4, 2015

An Old Friend Joins Us at Malqata

 

Peter Lacovara and Diana Craig Patch

We first met Chris in the fall of 1979 at the site of Abydos, where he was the surveyor for the Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition and we were site supervisors. Charlie Evers, our architect at Malqata in 2010, was also part of that team. Chris will serve during the first half of the JEM’s 2015 season as the surveyor who installs the grid for excavation and assists with the documentation of the palace and surrounding structures.

Chris-Gray-onsite

Chris has specialized in providing survey services for the conservation and renovation of historic structures for over 30 years in a career that has included positions as the Head of Procurement at English Heritage in London and the Director of Documentation at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles. Currently he consults for a survey and engineering company in Los Angeles that specializes in 3-D high precision scanning. Chris has published on the importance of survey and documentation as a critical platform for conserving historic structures and archaeological sites, and has taught throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. He also serves on many professional boards for preservation and survey.

Although he has worked in Egypt many times, he has not been here for the past 30 years! Joining our team offers a great opportunity for him to meet long-lost friends and colleagues and revisit a country he says he will continue to enjoy. Chris has been building grids for the work west of the North Village and west of the Audience Pavilion and has been helping Peter with the mapping and planning of the King’s Palace and the surrounding territory. He will also be coordinating mapping efforts with Joel Paulson and providing input on data mapping and site management. Malqata is huge, and having another skilled professional like Chris working on its documentation is a tremendous help.

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