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Scott’s lower square
Scott’s lower square showing deep excavation on the left (occupation of the Second Intermediate Period, ca. 1700-1550 B.C.), a wall, a water pipe (remember this?), and on the far right a lower level of the mud packed surface we have further west. Now we begin to seek this north of Scott’s trench, as we have at Elaine’s.
Wendy's square   Wendy's square
Wendy’s square with a large wall and apparent doorway with stone jamb to the upper left and pottery scatter on the lower right. This is where we have the pot with the cartouche of Thutmose IV. What a remarkable find!
Elaine and Scott discussing  mud brick and mud packed feature
Elaine and Scott discussing the long and broad mud brick and mud packed feature near the lake. Now that Scott is looking for it in his square as well, he is studying what Elaine has unearthed.
Fatma’s newer square   Fatma’s newer square -- burned area and brick
Fatma’s newer square has clear walls that appear to relate to her hearth or kiln. We now have more burned area at a lower level and more brick as well.
Fatma's older square

Fatma's older square   Fatma's older square
In her older square Fatma now has a beautiful and well preserved wall above a second very deep wall. The latter dates to the Second Intermediate Period and this one may simply be an earlier phase of the same era. The south baulk of this trench may has some of the same episodes of burning and occupation as Fatma’s new trench just shown. Certainly the great pottery trash heap that we slogged through here last year and early this month seems to figure prominently in the visible profile on the wall.
Elizabeth’s square
Elizabeth’s square is beautifully cleaned and now shows well the expanded enclosure wall that runs southward from the Thutmose III/Hatshepsut gateway.
The great feature by the lake
A final shot today of our great feature by the lake. We strongly suspect that we have the revetment for the lake itself, prepared in the early New Kingdom. This is a combination of mud brick and packed mud laid atop pot sherds, then plastered and whitewashed. We will be following the slope of the land down towards the lake and we expect that it will continue all along the rear of the water. So far we continue to find it everywhere we look.

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