The Dig House Project
Dig Houses: Everyone needs a roof over his or her head, and so do Egyptologists.
Nowadays, most Egyptologists live in hotels, hostels and rented local accommodation when they are in the field in Egypt, but there are also some who work and live in the houses of the first Egyptologists — the so-called excavation houses or dig houses.
Every visitor to Egypt has undoubtedly driven past one, likely without realizing it. These houses are inextricably bound up with the history of Egypt because they often contain the history of the lives of the people who lived and worked in them and the history of the sites they worked on, usually near the houses.
Dig houses can be found throughout Egypt. Some are new, others go back to the time of Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie. Some houses are still in use, either by excavation teams or by the Supreme Council of Antiquities, some have stood empty over the last decades while others have been turned into a museum.
Many of these dig houses either have been or are about to be demolished to make way for new building. Some rather well-known houses have already been demolished, and for others, the future is uncertain. That’s a good reason to accurately locate these houses and document them before they are gone.
Our goal is try and find as many as possible and tell you their history.