FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12/20/2006: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON RECEIVES $306,000 FROM THE ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION FOR THE GIZA ARCHIVES PROJECT
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has received a third Giza grant of $306,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for additional Giza Archives Project work. This grant will build on the original Project's foundation, which resulted in the Giza Archives Project Web site (www.mfa.org/giza, or www.gizapyramids.org). The first Giza grant (2000 through 2004) was supported by the Mellon Foundation with an award of $750,000, and the second (2004 through 2007) with an award of $545,000. The current award extends through FY 2008.
The goals of the present award period (2004 through 2007) include the first steps at internationalizing the Project. All the world's museums and universities with a direct archaeological connectino to the Giza Necropolis have signed on to share their collections and archival documents. The online materials will thus move beyond just the Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts, excavation concession to include the entire site.
Additional Giza materials housed at the MFA will also be processed during the current grant period. These include:
• 4,000 pages of Reisner’s unpublished manuscript for his History of the Giza Necropolis volumes II, III, IV
• ongoing addition of thesaurus terminology to images using the MET (Multilingual Egyptological Thesaurus), allowing users to search images by their content
• additional maps and plans of the Giza Necropolis
• modern colored renderings of decorated tomb walls by Harvard–MFA Expedition staff
• approx. 7,000 line drawings of tomb wall scenes, three-dimensional objects (pottery, sarcophagi, etc.), and architecture
• packing lists and photographs recording the original expedition shipments to Boston
• miscellaneous Harvard–MFA Expedition manuscripts, lists, and notebooks
• notebooks on color and palaeography at Giza.