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Roxie examining a skeleton   Roxie examining a skeleton

Back in our tomb of Suemniwet, Roxie is looking a different skeleton today, of a young adult male. He was found just a meter from the “Tiny Lady” and interestingly (especially to Roxie), also has spine deformity. She is showing us the sacrum and lower spine to illustrate a curvature. The pelvis also had unusual ridging, and Roxie now thinks she should return to look further.

In the back corridor of tomb TT 92

In the back corridor of TT 92, an unfinished wall was divided into two registers that show bearers carrying statuettes of the tomb owner and his wife. The painters were only able to complete the under sketch and place white on it before work ceased. This short wall thickness introduced a long wall showing the funeral procession to the tomb.

Funeral procession   Freize

The funeral procession showed friends and family carrying objects to be buried with Suemniwet and his family – ritual jars, kilts, necklaces, and divine emblems. But look above them at the frieze illustrating stylized plants, called “ khekers ” (“to decorate in ancient Egyptian”). These were painted by work groups placed along the wall. Now look above the khekers and see the red marks (center and right). In the detail the mark is quite visible. These occur every ten kheker s and indicate the area to be painted by a single group of artisans.

Banquet scene   Banquet scene detail

On the opposite wall is a banquet scene at the head of which is the large couple depicting Suemniwet's parents., Iamnefer and Meryt. This section is largely finished, but one element of interest is the group of musicians, painted in unusual peach and honey hues. As with so many groups of women representing singers and musicians, this one is rather neatly set within a space left for it – bounded to the left by large (fantastically so) beer vessels and to the right by a formal male figure faced the opposite way. Certain painters had specialty areas, and this group of women was likely painted by a musicians expert.

Stone block in Elaine's square   Stone block in Elaine's square
Stone block in Elaine's square

Meanwhile, back at Mut, the stone block visible last week in Elaine's square is giving up some of its mysteries. It appeared at first to be only a stone slab for a door lintel, but after further excavation, you can see the distinctive shape of a cavetto cornice. The upper most line of stone is broken, but it looks like we may have all the pieces. We have not yet reached its lowest extent, and how it got here is still unknown. It may have been a reused piece, or it may have fallen near the doorway when the walls collapsed. Hopefully, more excavation will clear this up.

Reconstructing pottery   Reconstructing pottery

Remember this little guy? We dug him up two weeks ago, and finally got around to sticking parts of him back together. His stripes look great once cleaned up a bit!

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