ASA Restoration Project
(Asa G. Hilliard, III South Asasif Restoration Project)
The ASA Restoration Project was established in 2008 to honor the work of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III and support the archeological research of Dr. Elena Pischikova and the South Asasif Conservation Project, which she directs.
Dr. Hilliard was an educational psychologist, master teacher, author and historian who was internationally recognized for his outstanding scholarship. The ASA Restoration Project was established by Anthony Browder (with the generous support of the Hilliard family) as a fitting tribute to a man who was loved worldwide and taken from us too soon.
Dr. Elena Is an authority on the 25th dynasty and is one of a small group of Egyptologists who acknowledges that the ancient Egyptians were of African descent and that the Kushites were their descendents and contemporaries. She had recently discovered the 25th Dynasty tombs of the Kushite nobles, Karakhamun and Karabasken and was struggling to raise funds to continue the excavation and restoration of the tombs.
Mr. Browder met Dr. Pischikova in 2008 while conducting research in Egypt. He immediately recognized the importance of her discoveries and made a commitment to support her work. A decision was made to support the South Asasif Conservation Project and simultaneously honor the memory of Dr. Hilliard who had transitioned while in Egypt the previous year. The ASA Restoration Project (a non profit tax exempt organization) was established in September 2008 and was dedicated to the restoration of the Kushite presence in Kemet and the preservation of the legacy of Dr. Asa G. Hilliard, III.
In 2009 began organizing mission members to work at the excavation site and has sponsored 12 two-week missions. Our efforts represent the first time in history that African Americans have financed and participated in an Egyptian archeological excavation. In 2012, the President of Egypt, the Governor of Luxor and the Minister of Antiquities acknowledged our efforts. In October 2012 the Minister of Tourism sponsored an elaborate reception and dinner in our honor on the grounds of the temple of Luxor.
During the 2013 season we completed the excavation of Karakhamun’s tomb and continued or restoration efforts in this magnificent temple/tomb. We began excavating the courtyard of Karabasken’s tomb and plan to begin excavations in his burial chamber during the 2014 season.
All of the incredible work we’ve accomplished thus far has been due to the financial contributions we’ve received and the dozens of volunteers who’ve selflessly given their time and energy to ensure that the ASA Restoration Project would continue making history.