Thus far, More than 700 private tombs and features out of 2,000+ have been mapped currently by satelite and systematically catalogued. They are documented historically, archaeologically, and geologically, and their data is accessible through the GIS database on the World Wide Web. Ultimately, images of all the tombs and their environs will also be available through the GIS. Any person, even without knowledge of ArcGIS programming, can freely search for these tombs in the necropolis to learn their history and location, and he/she can search, select, and manipulate the data to reveal new relationships (historical, archaeological, and geological) among the tombs and the other standing monuments and features in the area. Those scholars who wish to make more complex searches of the data can download layers of the database to ArcGIS running on their own computers.
Field work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through The American Research Center in Egypt, Inc. (Cairo). GIS processing and base maps are funded by the College of Charleston Santee-Cooper GIS Laboratory and the Department of History.