Summary of the Project and the First Season
The Joint Expedition to Malqata is co-sponsored by the The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Our work is done in co-operation with the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt.
The site of Malqata is located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the modern city of Luxor, about 430 miles south of Cairo. Egyptologists usually refer to Luxor as Thebes, one of its ancient names, and the west bank is often called western Thebes. Approximately 3350 years ago, the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III began an ambitious building program in preparation for his jubilee or heb-sed, which was celebrated in the thirtieth year of his reign (about 1360 B.C.). For the first heb sed and two later jubilees, the king’s architects created a huge harbor, the Birket Habu, at the edge of the desert. Near the northwestern corner of this harbor, they built a large royal residential complex including several palaces, administrative buildings, a temple dedicated to the god Amun-Re, and a ceremonial platform. There are also the remains of the villages that housed the workmen, artisans, and merchants who supplied labor and goods for the city.
Farther south, they built two more ceremonial platforms: the Kom el-Samak, and the Kom el-Abd. And west of the Kom el-Abd, Amenhotep had a wide strip cleared in the desert that stretches more than three miles to the cliffs that border the Nile Valley.
The various sections of Malqata have been studied for more than a century and a number of important archaeological expeditions have excavated at the site. These include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which conducted field work on the structures of the palace city between 1910 and 1918.
The first season of the Joint Mission to Malqata (JEM) was conducted from December 8-20, 2008 and included Egyptologists Dr. Peter Lacovara (originally with the Michael C. Carlos Museum and since 2014 The Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund), Dr. Diana Craig Patch and Dr. Catharine H. Roehrig (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Virginia Emery (Chicago House, University of Chicago), surveyor/Egyptologist Joel F. Paulson, and surveyor Robert Paulson. During the first week of the season, the team made a walking survey of the site, from the mud-brick city in the north to the cleared strip in the south, examining each of the structures and establishing control for an overall map. During the rest of the season, visible features of the buildings were tied in to the map survey so that plans of these structures made by previous expeditions could be superimposed on the map.

The reports of some of the earlier expeditions are posted below:

Tytus A Preliminary Report on the Re-Excavation of the Palace of Amenhetep III 1903/1994

White MMA Egyptian Expedition 1914-15

Lansing MMA The Egyptian Expedition 1916-17

Winlock Bulletin of the MMA The Work of the Egyptian Expedition 1912

Daressy Le Palais d’Amenophis III et le Birket Habu 1903

Hayes Inscriptions from the Palace of Amenhotep III Part 1 1951

Hayes Inscriptions from the Palace of Amenhotep III Part 2 1951

Hayes Inscriptions from the Palace of Amenhotep III Part 3 1951

Hayes Inscriptions from the Palace of Amenhotep III Part 4 1951

Kemp and O’Connor An Ancient Nile Harbour University Museum at the Birket Habu 1974

Kemp Building of Amenophis III at Kom el-Abd 1977

O’Connor The University Museum Excavations at the Palace City of Malkata 1979

Watanabe and Seki The Architecture of Kom el Samak at Malkata South a Study of Architectural Restoration 1986

Nishimoto Restoration of the Hieroglyphic Inscriptions on the Ceiling of Room H at Malkata Palace 1990

Nishimoto Reconstruction of the Scroll Pattern on the Ceiling of the Great Columned HAll at the Malkata Palace 1991

Nishimoto Notes on the Wall Fragments Bearing the Inscriptions irp (wine) found from Malkata Palace 1991

Nishimoto Ceiling Paintings of the Harim Rooms at the Palace of Malkata 1992



  1. Excellent information, helpful for research for my novel on Tutankhamun.

  2. Thanks!!! Hayes part 1 is not correctly uploaded…

    • Thanks- we will check

  3. Any hope, that Robb De Peyster Tytus’ book be pdfed? It’s almost impossible to find in Europe…

    • There is a PDF of the report on this blog- go to ‘Excavation reports’

      • Sorry to bother you… I might have problems in navigating the blog, but cannot find the PDF of Tytus’ book in the ‘Excavation reports’ section.

  4. Would like to sign up to receive this blog…

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