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UCLA; Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA 90024-4201)
Willemina Z. Wendrich (Project Director: October 2012 to September 2016)

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program
Digital Humanities

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$157,170 (approved)
$157,170 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 5/31/2016

Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online - Illustrated Standardized Terminology (AEGARON-IST)

The development of a controlled vocabulary for ancient Egyptian architecture to be supported by geo-referenced, annotated illustrations of architectural details, which will be delivered through the Ancient Egyptian Architecture Online (AEGARON) digital library. The German Archaeological Institute is requesting 71.474€ from DFG.

Terminology to describe historic architecture has an effect on our perception and understanding of the ancient built environment. Classical architectural terms have been used inconsistently to describe ancient Egyptian buildings, resulting in a fuzzy terminology and an abundance of misunderstandings. Saddled with an "inappropriate" terminology, Egyptology needs to standardize the terms and qualify them through descriptions and illustrations. This is best done by thinking through the construction and function of architectural elements in the built space, their regional and temporal differences, and their importance in the development of ancient Egyptian architecture as a whole. Aegaron will provide a well thought out controlled vocabulary represented by georeferenced, annotated drawings and photographs of architectural details. The project will run from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2015.