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New Features in the Trench
In Violaine’s trench this morning the substitute photographer attempted to capture some interesting new features that have emerged. In the background is a curved line of bricks with a surface covered with pot sherds. We hope that this will provide more information as Violaine and Elizabeth continue down. In the foreground there is a line running west to east of white plaster. The plaster appears sporadically on the surface as well. In the southeast corner of the square, by the stairs, a few bricks have appeared and seem to be in some relationship to the plaster. This will certainly bear further study as they continue excavating.
Working a New Trench
Scott has laid out a narrow trench across the main axis of the temple, next to the red granite threshold stone of the main Twenty-fifth Dynasty platform. Just beneath the surface his qufti came upon two large sandstone blocks and begins to clean them.
Foundation Trenches for Temple Platform Found
To the west of the main axis in the narrow trench Scott just opened, his workers have very interesting stratigraphy. Visible here is soil beneath the stone pillar and about three feet to the right of the qufti a lens of pure sand, of lighter color than the soil. A corresponding lens is visible to the left, and both are on a line with the east and west edges of the square pier up above. The other side of the trench, not visible, shows a layer of sand beneath the lowest sandstone block level, so we appear to have the foundation trenches for the temple platform and its pillared court. It is the preparations beneath this we are also interested to define, and beneath the sand level the soil contained the pottery you see here. A full basket of late New Kingdom beer jars, suggesting fill of the 19th or 20th Dynasty.
Defining Brick Limits
In J.J. and Fatma’s trench behind the Sacred Lake, Violaine trowels a surface that shows clear mud bricks on its north edge but grades into eroded bricky material in the center. Here Violaine is attempting to define the brick limits, particularly since the hard packed surface behind her is a floor level.
Walls Defined
J.J. and Fatma’s trench after it is cleaned up shows this large brick wall running east and west, as well as the original wall on the west side. The hard floor, visible in the upper left, is also quite clear.
Curved Wall Appears
Elaine’s new trench, with the large enclosure wall remains on the right (west) has surprised us with a curved brick installation in the northeast corner, at a lower level. Whether this is an oven of some type or another feature we will have to wait to discover.
Clearing New Areas
Elaine’s orange shirt is visible in the background, and she is standing in her new trench. In the foreground the workers are clearing small areas we’ve laid out to the enclosure wall. In this manner we’ll define the line of the wall and its limits.
Discussing the Drawing
In Yasmin’s square Violaine comes to discuss how to draw the whole trench and the stones on its floor. As they speak an area on the lower left of the photograph is being exposed within the area of stones.
Defining Area of Sand
Within the area defined by the stones a layer of lighter colored sand has become visible. It is not present anywhere else and must indicate the presence of a structure, since sand of this type was used for foundations or building up surfaces, such as ramps, platforms, etc. Violaine carefully trowels the ground to get an even layer that will best define the pattern of the sand.

Special thanks to Betsy Bryan for filling in today for the bedridden photographer.

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