Built heritage lecture: 'Architectural and Dimensional Analysis of the Tomb of Puimra'
25 June 2020
The Built Heritage Study Group (SEAHA) and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage are pleased to invite you to the talk “Architectural and Dimensional Analysis of the Tomb of Puimra” by M.R.S.M. ARQ. Manuel Villarruel Vázquez.
This talk will give us an insight into the findings and conservation process of the tomb of Puimra, the second prophet of Amun, from the XVIII Dynasty of Egypt.
The tomb, located at the Nobles Valley of Western Thebes, has different ways of understanding. Puimra, established his last homeward on a specific point over the sacred dromos, where the pilgrimage coming from Karnak to the Deir el Bahri temples made a stop on the route. According to recent studies, this particular location was selected with the aim to become one of the most significant sights of the path.
Thus, we believe the prophet, also an architect, added some features to the tomb in order to create a different construction. The extension of the architectural program and some other criteria shows an intention to convert this tomb into a funerary temple.
In the same way, the artistic and built features of the tomb are based on a scaling method, like the metric system, which gives its aesthetics proportions and provides it with more unique features.
Manuel Villarruel Vázquez
Director at National Coordination of Historical Monuments of the National Institute of Anthropology and History Mexico INAH
Manuel is an architect and has a master in Restoration of Sites and Monuments; a specialist in the conservation of the built cultural heritage and researcher for government programs of the State of Querétaro, Mexico for . Currently, he is the Director of Licenses and Inspections of the National Coordination of Historical Monuments for the National Institute of Anthropology and History Mexico
Also, in the state of Querétaro, he serves as Head of the Department of Conservation and Planning of Sites and Monuments at the Ministry of Urban Development and Public Works.
About the speaker
He has been coordinator in the edition of books such as “Inventario del Patrimonio Cultural Vivo”, “Catálogo de Capillas Familiares Otomí-chichimecas” and co-author of the books: “Memoria Técnica, el Rescate y la Restauración del Real Colegio de Santa Rosa de Viterbo” y “De tierra y varas, una muestra de la arquitectura vernácula de la Sierra Gorda de Querétaro”.
Photo: © Manuel Villarruel Vázquez