From the 18th of February until the 12th of March 2008 the geo-archaeological survey was conducted by the NRIAG (National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Helwan, Egypt) on the archaeological site of Hawara (Faiyum oasis – Egypt). Archaeological geophysics is a means to non-destructively gain information, about what features are below the ground to great depths without archaeological excavation. Geophysics surveys are carried out to answer a specific question. This question is usually as simple as 'What is there?’. The survey stood under the general direction of Associate Prof. Dr. Abbas Mohammed Abbas (NRIAG). Support and permission for this research was given by Dr. Zahi Hawass, President of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, to conduct the geophysic research of the Hawara Necropolis in order to map the underground to prepare for preservation works. Stating the integration of a huge drainage system, to protect the location against the environmental effects of salty groundwater. Caused by the site crossing water channel, agricultural irrigation, and the disappearance of the annual 9 month dry period since the construction of the Aswan dam. The conservation works will open the way to archaeological excavation, before the total destruction of the effected antiquities, also mapped by the geo-archaeological survey.
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