UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


VIRTUAL EVENT: Architectural and Dimensional Analysis of the Tomb of Puimra

30 June 2020, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

Photo shows the Tomb of Puimra in the archaeological site of El Khokha, Luxor Egypt

Join the student-led SEAHA Built Heritage Study Group and Institute for Sustainable Heritage for a talk from Manuel Villarruel Vázquez.

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Krisangella Murillo



About this event

SEAHA (Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology) Built Heritage Study Group and Institute for Sustainable Heritage have the honor to present M.R.S.M. ARQ. Manuel Villarruel Vázquez to give a talk on “Architectural and Dimensional Analysis of the Tomb of Puimra”.

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About the speaker

Manuel is an architect and has a master in Restoration of Sites and Monuments; specialist in the conservation of the built cultural heritage and research government programs of the State of Querétaro for UNESCO. He has different positions in government administration of Mexico. Currently, he is the Director of Licenses and Inspections of the National Coordination of Historical Monuments of the National Institute of Anthropology and History Mexico INAH.

Also, in the state of Querétaro, Mexico, he serves as Head of the Department of Conservation and Planning of Directorate of Sites and Monuments at the Ministry of Urban Development and Public Works. He has been a coordinator in the edition of books "Inventory of Living Cultural Heritage", "Catalog of Otomí-chichimecas Family Chapels" and coordinator of the publishing and co-author of the books: "Technical Memory, Rescue and Restoration of the Royal College of Santa Rosa de Viterbo ”and“ De Tierra y varas, a sample of the vernacular architecture of the Sierra Gorda de Querétaro ”.


This lecture shows the different findings, and the restoration process kept on the way with the objective of rescue the ancient architectural values of this important Dynasty tomb of the XVIII century. The tomb of the Second Prophet of Amun, at the Nobles Valley of western Thebes, has a different way of understanding. Puimra, established his last homeward on a specific point over sacred dromos, where the pilgrimage coming from Karnak to the Deir el Bahri temples make a stop on the route. The particular location of Puimra´s tomb was selected, according to recent investigations, at the aim of becoming on one of the most significant sights of the path. We understand that the prophet also an architect, decided to add some unique features to the tomb, creating a different construction, with a broader architectural program and some criteria on intent to convert this tomb into a funerary temple.

At the same way, artistic and built characteristics, are based on a significant scaling method, like the metric system, that gives esthetic proportions to the tomb, providing it with a more sensitive feature.