Restoration

View over the tomb of Tia and TiaUnlike all of the other larger tombs in the necropolis, the monument of Tia was constructed almost entirely out of limestone. This meant that it had served as a useful quarry over the centuries. Little of the original structure remained apparent after excavation. The tomb also had a separate small pyramid at its rear, clad with limestone over a rough mudbrick and rubble core. Following excavation in the early 1980s, a limited restoration took place. This included the partial reconstruction of a number of square pillars in plastered brick; the building up of stone rubble walls around the south chapel with its surviving relief decoration; and the reinstatement of some of the pyramid's facing blocks.

In 2006, a second phase of work was commenced. This included the rebuilding of the perimeter wall of the tomb in stone rubble with lime mortar. Clues for their outlines were given by surviving stonework and builders' marks on paving slabs. All the rubble walls were then plastered with a lime render to create a clear distinction between original and new work. A number of decorated blocks from the tomb were put on display in a series of covered niches set over the reconstructed walls. The entire area of the tomb chapels was roofed with a new steel frame structure in order to protect the original reliefs. The decayed core of the pyramid was consolidated with limestone rubble in a stepped section, later rendered. The stone pylon at the entrance to the tomb was consolidated in a similar manner, and a new visitor information panel was mounted here. Opening ventilated timber cupboards were also installed here in four exposed locations. The mudbrick walls of the forecourt were restored and gaps in the pavement filled with new stone.