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Chuck and Violaine
Violaine says “hello” to Chuck who has come by to look at the brick uncovered south of the Thutmose III/Hatshepsut gateway. He’s also wondering whether this has some connection to the Ramesses III temple where he’s been working with us for the past two years. We will be looking into the question beginning February 7.
Adam, on his next to last day here, is watching the progress on his long niched and ramped wall behind the lake. He’s done a superb job for us, and we appreciate it so much.
Violaine, Fatma and Betsy  Fatma's square
Violaine, Fatma, and Betsy discuss the work in Fatma’s newest square, VIII G East 6. She now has a bricked in surface, entirely sealed above and below, and we are extremely excited because this is the 18th Dynasty, a period we are particularly interested in. Fatma is getting highly diagnostic painted pottery of the second half of the 18th Dynasty, and we can definitely rely on it, due to the presence of the floors.
Betsy and Peter
Betsy and Peter enjoying a moment at second breakfast. He’s been such a treat to have with us this season – never a dull moment!
Betsy directs tour of site
Dr. Holeil Ghaly, General Director of Upper Egyptian Antiquities, visited us today, together with, from left, our inspector Ahmed Araby, and behind, Ibrahim Soliman, Director of Karnak Temples. Betsy took them on a brief tour of the site.
Block with face of Hathor  Block with face of Hathor
Scott and Jackie’s hard work on the platform of the Mut Temple begins to show fruit. As we move a large block, we find a beautifully preserved lower half of the face of Hathor, from a column capital of the 20th Dynasty.
Three decorated blocks
Moving the one block has suddenly given us three decorated blocks that were hitherto unknown – an upside down Hathor capital, a Thutmoside block showing the head of the king before Mut (upside down), and the lower half of a god of so far undetermined date. Amazing.

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