THE OSIRISNET PROJECT
 
 

Anyone who is seriously interested in the tombs of Ancient Egypt will know that with few exceptions, the tombs are not accessible to the public today. The remarkable volumes of Bertha Porter and Rosalind Moss (the "Porter & Moss") is a standard reference work dedicated to the tombs, however this remarkable book is not illustrated. Compared to the number of tombs known to us, only a select few have been fully published with good illustrations in colour, owing to the constraints imposed by printed editions. While there are some general works accessible to the general public which show some pictures of the most famous tombs, illustrated publications of lesser-known tombs are rare, often very specialized, difficult to obtain and expensive.
In addition, and this is an important point to consider, a large number of tombs haven't had the good fortune to be published in book form, because they are too damaged, or don't include any spectacular scenes.

The aim of our project is to gather photographs from the greatest possible number of known and less well-known tombs and mastabas, so as to represent them as completely as possible, and to put them freely at the disposal of all on the Osirisnet.net site.
Thus some splendid but often ignored monuments can safely be shared with the egyptophiles around the world.

If you have photographs from tombs and want to support the project, please contact us at webmaster@osirisnet.net.
 
 

he idea started from a realization:
The magnificent tombs left to us by Ancient Egypt remain all too poorly known by the general public, who are increasingly passionate about this civilisation. This is all the more paradoxical as the tombs represent one of the essential means by which we can understand the universe of the ancient Egyptians, not only their beliefs but also a small part of their everyday lives.
Many people will never get to visit Egypt.
Those that have been there, even after several trips, often have only visited a small number of these tombs and very briefly at that; numerous are those who would like to see more, and also know more about them.
hy are the Egyptian tombs so poorly known?
•  First of all, to ensure their protection, only a small number of them, always the same ones, are open to the public.
•  When photography was permitted, the conditions of lighting almost always posed problems in the absence of a cumbersome specialised equipment and authorisations.
•  Numerous tombs are not published, or only in rare and expensive specialized books with a few meagre pictures in black and white.
Naturally, there are Institutes, Centres, Foundations that have many photographs taken under excellent conditions, but nearly all lie dormant and inaccessible in drawers or on hard drives. Only exceptionally consulted, it is a shame that these photographs are in the end lost to everyone.
•  The full size reconstructions of tombs such as that of the tomb of Tutankhamun on the west bank, can only be realized for too few monuments.
sirisnet tries to fill this gap, and also to act as a link between the work of the Egyptologists and an inquiring public, which wants to delve past the simple superficial appearance of any monument into a more profound study thereof. The tomb must not only be able to be seen, to be visited, but also to be understood. Osirisnet thus offers a multi-centric approach by bringing together a detailed description, the largest possible range of illustrations and, where possible, a 3D visit, with the whole being presented at the level of modern data standards. The principal audience of the site is the well-read non-professional; that is to say, Osirisnet is not an academic or so-called “scholarly” site, although Egyptologists are certainly counted among its contributors and readership.
sirisnet is hoping to create a good alternative to a physical visit and to also contribute in this manner, and by its methods, to the protection of the tombs of Egypt.


Newsletter
A Newsletter, summarising the main events in the world of Egyptology and on the Osirisnet site is produced on a monthly basis.


Thanks
would like to warmly thank the following people for their help with the translations:
Jon Hirst, who has been translating pages into English until 2014 when he was obliged to stop for health reasons.
Peter Sullivan who is now translating the pages of the site to English.
big thank you for supplying photographs, bibliography... and the support which they give us:
Raymond Betz, responsible for the "Groupe d'Etudes Egypte" (Lasne, Belgium)
Georges Engel for the texts in German.
Christian Mariais
Michel Treillet

Christiane Hachet
Alain Guilleux
(don't miss his site "Alain Guilleux - Égypte")
Christiane Dispot
Cau Brualla
Serge Blanc
Gilberto Modonesi
Brigitte Goede
Daniel Malnati
Massimo Moreni
Daniel Berrube
Manna Nader, Gabana Studios Cairo (Flickr kairoinfo4u)

and many others...
would like to especially thank Bruno Sandkühler for having authorized me to use the beautiful pictures he made as a part of the collection UNI-DIA-VERLAG, in collaboration with Albert Burges, Lissy Burges, Maria Burges, and Frank Teichmann
wish to also thank Prof. Michel Guay of the University of Quebec in Montreal who encouraged me to create this site, and William Hoffmann who made me make my first - and painful - steps in html.
o the professionnal Egyptologists who have demonstrated their encouragement and support for this work, I wish to express here to them my respect and gratitude.

Osirisnet is a totally non-profit site, and without advertisements


"Men will only find honour and a justification for living if they devote their actions and their thoughts to a great enterprise with which they can confront themselves", Maurice Druon : "The King Without a Kingdom" (The Accursed Kings, Book 7), HarperCollins