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View of Mut Temple NW Axis - 16533 Bytes

A view of the Mut Temple taken from the entrance gateway wall looking down the north-south axis. In the foreground to the left sit Richard Fazzini of the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Jaap Van Dijk of Gröningen University in the Netherlands.

Sphinx Alley - 18726 Bytes

A view of the sphinx alley connecting the Mut Temple with the central Karnak Temple is also taken from the entrance gateway wall. This avenue of sphinxes, largely constructed for kings of the later 18th Dynasty (ca. 1400-1300 B.C.), has recently been cleared by the Supreme Council of Antiquities representatives in Luxor.

Early Morning at the Excavation Site - 22531 Bytes

Ahhh, atmosphere. In the early morning Tammy Krygier, Betsy Teasley Trope, and Betsy Bryan look at the mud brick in the excavation square west of the first court of the Mut Temple.

Examining a Limestone Block - 23490 Bytes

Jaap Van Dijk describes the decoration on a small limestone block turned up in clearance work at the Mut Temple. Two inspectors from the Karnak Temple inspectorate look on.

Lifting Sundisk Atop Statue - 20910 Bytes

Reis Farouk oversees the workers lifting the Sakhmet sundisk atop the statue. The Reis is in charge of all the Egyptian work at the site and is an invaluable part of the work. Reis Farouk, and all his best workers, come from the town of Coptos, or Qift, to the north of Luxor by about 50 KM. The descendants of workers trained by William Flinders Petrie more than a hundred years ago, the Qufti (the men of Coptos) travel all over Egypt on request from archaeological expeditions of every country.

Maneuvering the Sundisk - 22155 Bytes

Won Ng, Conservator from the Brooklyn Museum of Art helps to maneuver the sundisk of a Sakhmet statue found in clearance work in the first court. Bill Peck of the Detroit Institute of Arts points toward the disk, while Richard Fazzini of the Brooklyn Museum of Art looks on. Ultimately the attempt at fitting the sundisk determined that it did not fit this particular Sakhmet statue. But it was certainly worth the effort to learn.

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