This approacha comprehensive analysis of all the factorshad been missing previously.
This was really the first conservation project in Egypt to begin correctly, with a full analysis of the reasons of decay and the actual conditions of the tomb prior to conservation.
Some of these monuments have stood for over 4000 years and have endured numerous restoration attempts. Let's take the famous case of the Sphinx for example.
Presently he serves as Professor at Alexandria University; Chairman of the Department of Cultural and Archaeological Heritage of Egypt's National Council of Culture, Arts, Literature, and Media; Member of the Supreme Council of Culture; Vice President and Editor of the UNESCO International Committee of the History of Africa; and advisor to UNESCO on the monuments of Mauritania and Bangladesh. Gamal Mokhtar: Yes, and we began with the tomb of Queen Nefertari.
I became interested in Nefertari's tomb when I first served as Under Secretary of State in 1968.
At last, I thought, we have found the right partner. Why did you think the partnership with Getty would work?
The GCI wanted to bring the best experts in the world to analyze all the problems before the wall paintings conservators were allowed to work.
Yes, the work went very smoothly because the GCI did more than cooperate, they invested in the local institutions by working directly with our experts. They brought the patience and resources to go slowly but surely.