CH-color-logo-2015.jpg The Epigraphic Survey of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures of the University of Chicago, based at Chicago House in Luxor, Egypt, is directed by J. Brett McClain.

The mission of the Survey since its founding in 1924 has been to produce photographs and precise line drawings of the inscriptions and relief scenes on major temples and tombs at Luxor for publication. More recently, the Survey has expanded its program to include conservation, restoration, site management, and conservation training, and new computerized drawing techniques have been integrated into our documentation program. In addition to the field director, the professional staff of the Survey normally includes three to four epigraphers, four to five artists, film and digital photographers, architects, librarians, archivists, conservators, stonemasons, and our administration and finance team. The epigraphic staff includes both graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who have received training in all aspects of Egyptology. The Epigraphic Survey's field season runs from October 15 to April 15 each year. Current long-term project sites include Luxor Temple, Medinet Habu, Theban Tomb 107, and the temple of Khonsu at Karnak. Most of our programs are made possible by institutional grants (including USAID Egypt, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the World Monuments Fund), along with much appreciated private and corporate contributions.

To access our digitalEPIGRAPHY web site, use this link:

For any questions feel free to contact Epigraphic Survey field director J. Brett McClain directly at:

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