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Each day between 2:30 and 5:00 P.M. we go to the Beit Canada to study our pottery. Jay Van Rensselaer sets up to photograph the diagnostic sherds on a porch bench outside the house's kitchen. Whatever works.
Beit Canada is the place where we do our pottery sorting and classification. It is the excavation house of the University of Toronto and the Penn-Yale Expedition which is used by the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Recording Pottery Codes - 18467 Bytes

Abigail McGuirk studies a sherd and gives the code to Tom Kittredge who records it. In the background is Betsy Teasley Trope and Tammy Krygier.

Coding Pottery at Beit Canada - 15275 Bytes

Sitting in the courtyard of Beit Canada, Hardy Bryan is busy coding pottery, with spare baskets waiting for analysis.

Working to Music - 21769 Bytes

Yasmin el-Shazly is working on a large basket of sherds with her music blaring. Her tape mix included "Notre Dame de Paris", the musical, and Savage Garden. Which one is it here?

Taking Notes - 19422 Bytes

As work proceeds clearing east of the Thutmose III gateway, Violaine Chauvet pauses to write notes. Our pottery remains mixed around the gate and suggests that the area continued to be churned up, perhaps even up until a recent period.

Exposed Jamb of Gateway - 19238 Bytes

The right jamb on the east side of the gateway has now been exposed low enough that we find a large sandstone slab fitted as an ancient repair - and still in place. We look forward to finding out how large it is and whether it was once painted with inscriptions.

West of the First Court - 19458 Bytes

Working west of the first court of the Mut Temple, Tammy Krygier, Betsy Teasley Trope, and Yasmin el-Shazly take notes on a new packed surface that has emerged. In the background on the left of the shallow square, a whitish rectangle indicates a mud brick surface that is still whitewashed.

View of the Mut Precinct - 19658 Bytes

A photo of the front half of the Mut precinct taken from the west of the Thutmose III gateway provides a view of how our work at the two gates is related. The entrance to the enclosure in the 18th Dynasty and later New Kingdom may well have led directly to the sacred lake where priests bathed for purification before rituals, but the connection to the west gate of the Temple's first court is also possible. So far we have a very late form of that latter gate, but we will be excavating to New Kingdom levels eventually.

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