The following type of documents can be found on the website;

  • Field notes
  • Find Registration forms
  • Illustrations
  • Literature
  • Photographs
  • Negatives (in process)
  • Maps (in process)
  • Line drawings (in process)
  • Publication outlines

The total number of documents online is currently 4918. The negatives, maps and epigraphic material will be uploaded in the next phase.


The online documentation is divided in several groups, which are labeled from more inclusive (e.g. architecture) to more detailed searches (e.g. headrests). These divisions will be shorty introduced as to assist the visitor with their search (see the map of the website). Note that documents might be labeled to different groups. For example, an architectural fragment can be labeled under ‘Architecture – Fragments’ but if it bares reliefs/inscriptions, it is also labeled ‘Epigraphy – Fragments’


A first division was made in Fieldwork, Find Processing, Photographic Material and Other. Photographic Material includes all images, negatives and slides that are uploaded on the website, allowing the visitor to browse through it.


Fieldwork focuses on the actual excavations itself, including architecture and epigraphic work (Architecture, Epigraphy; marked blue in the website layout). Architectural fragments can be found here too but these, if they have inscriptions or reliefs, are also labeled ‘Epigraphy’. Peter Munro often searched for literature concerning certain architectural features or specific finds during the expedition in order to enhance his research on the topic. The relevant documents for fieldwork are included here under Literature Fieldwork.

‘Find Processing’ includes everything that deals with the excavated material, such as the objects but also the registration and the studies of the finds (Studies Material Culture; the various categories of objects can be found on the website’s layout sheet). Here is included literature that was collected by Munro concerning the finds (Literature Finds).

‘Photograph material’ includes all photographs, negatives and slides produced by the excavation, as to allow the visitor to browse through them. Note, to date (7 January 2020) only part of the photographic material has been uploaded.

‘Other’ includes documents that relate to the periphery of the actual archaeological fieldwork, such as layout of Munro’s ideas on how to publish (MAP is not following this per se) (Publication Layout).


Tombs and Shafts
Tombs refer to a mastaba, either the walls which are still standing or just the foundation of a mastaba. Shafts are the intrusive pits leading to a burial. Shafts can be present in tombs, but also surrounding the tombs. ­­

You can also search for documents related to this specific shaft or tomb owner (LEVEL 4, RED), e.g. Khenu, Ninetjer or Ptah-Shepses. There are documents mentioning several tombs and/or shafts. In this case multiple names are attached to the document. In cases where there is no shaft or tomb owner confirmed, one can search by area. In order to understand these areas, one need to have knowledge of the site and the excavations areas. You can consult the map published by Munro (1993) here. The areas present in the search field are Reihe A (closest to the Djoser Complex), Abschnitt B/C(area between the Reihe B and Zone C) and Zone C, specifically C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C10(?). Zone C, the New Kingdom part of the concession, is not represented in the archive as Munro gave this part to Frank Seliger to work with. To date, it has not been possible to establish a sort of collaboration between MAP and this former team member.

Relief Fragments
As most blocks and fragments are either in situ or in the magazine, they are subdivided under ‘Fieldwork’. The current documentation of these blocks/fragments are mostly line drawings and photos. As such the terminology for this subdivision is ‘Epigraphy’.

False door
As the false doors are almost always in situ or otherwise in the magazine, they are subdivided under ‘Fieldwork’, and due to the type of documentation, under ‘Epigraphy’.

Ipy statues
Although the Ipy statues are a varied group, with statues made of wood as well as limestone and different types, they are here grouped under this reference, as they are studied and published as one coherent group. This group is currently studied by Maud Slingenberg.

The pottery that was found during the excavations, is currently studied by Anna Wodzinska and Ania Weźranowska.

This includes wood as well as coffins made of other materials. The remains of coffins, including the complete coffin of Nywty, are studied or published by Dr. Wolfram Grajetzki.

Offering Tables
The offering tables that were found and registered are being worked at by Jan Koek.

A number of headrests were found, including one in the tomb of Nywty, which will be included in a more general study of these objects by Dr. André J. Veldmeijer.

The only textile remains that have been registered by the excavation, the plaited dress and shawl of Nywty, have been published by Dr. Rosalind Janssen.

Once you have found the archival documents you can click on it to enhance the image to read and see the specific document. ­­­