Staff

Lamia el-Hadidi, Conservation Specialist


       Since childhood Lamia wanted to find a career that combines not only science, literature, and art, but also a lot of outdoor activity, traveling with SUVs, and sleeping outside in tents. These conditions match her playful, dreamy, restless, romantic personality, which are all compounded by her 20% Bedouin heritage. A turning point in her life was at the age of 15 when she watched the Egyptian movie The Day of the Counting Years by Shady Abdel-Salam and the world of archaeology was introduced to her. Her career was set out before her.

In 1983 she earned her B.A. from the Conservation and Restoration Department of the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University. In 1992 and 2000 she earned a diploma in Prehistoric Studies and a Master's from the Department of Egyptology respectively, from the same institution. She has received countless awards and scholarships from numerous prestigious foundations, such as ARCE, the International Centre for the Study of Preservation and Restoration in Rome, and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship for Conservation at Sherman Fairchild Centre for Objects Conservation at the Met in New York. Her travels have taken her all the way from Japan to London, working with such establishments as the Japan Foundation and the British Museum.

Lamia has worked for 21 years in her field and has achieved both professional and personal success, mostly to do with her work as an archaeological field conservator in the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University. She has worked with Egyptian and foreign expeditions all over Egypt, including at Saqqara, Memphis, Abu Sir, Heliopolis, Dahshur, Luxor, Hierakonpolis, and Edfu. Abroad she worked in Rome and in Tyre, Lebanon. She is now once again working with the TMP, helping with conservation reports and ensuring an even longer history for the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

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