The “Irep en Kemet” is a research project that aims at documenting the complete corpus of wine from Ancient Egypt, and analyzing the relevant data, including iconography, texts, artifacts and organic material. It also seeks to reveal the significance of the ancient Egyptian wine culture legacy in the Mediterranean region.
The “Study of viticulture and winemaking in the Egyptian tombs” is a three-year research project (31st December 2010-30th April 2014), directed by Dr. Maria Rosa Guasch Jané at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of the Universidade Nova in Lisbon (Portugal), and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) of the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science.
At this stage, the project has successfully produced a researchable, inclusive bibliographic database of wine, viticulture and winemaking in ancient Egypt, as well as a researchable, comprehensive scene-detail database of viticulture and winemaking scenes in the Egyptian tombs throughout the ancient Egyptian history. Both databases are being investigated and analyzed by the project team and are available for researchers, scholars and interested public alike.
Since 2015, the project has entered a second phase, in collaboration with the Perelada Fine Estates, the Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IEPOA) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Unit for Studies and Research in Science and Cooking (UERCC) of the Food and Nutrition Torribera Campus from Universitat de Barcelona (UB).
The project’s second phase involves the creation of an online georeferenced map of Egypt, illustrating the ancient Egyptian tombs that include viticulture and winemaking scenes.