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View of Elizabeth, Jeremy and Sarah's Trenchs   View of Emily, Adam, Dina and Katie's Trenchs

A shot of the squares seen from the southeast gives an idea of how far down we have dug this season. All of our trenches has reached New Kingdom levels, and most of them are in 18 th dynasty or even earlier strata. Here you can see, from right to left, Emily's Adams ' Dina's, and Katie's squares. Looking east from the same spot, you see, left to right, Elizabeth 's, Jeremy's, and Sarah's trenches.

Feature Continues in Adam's Square   Emily's Square: Granary and Second Round Building

In Emily's square we already had a large granary base, and now a second round building has appeared in the northwest corner. Indeed, we have the continuation of this feature in Adam's trench to the west (left). These round grain storage buildings are of the same approximate time period and are remarkably close to each other. This is one of the things we had most hoped to determine this season - the number and capacity of the granary area of the temple during the New Kingdom period. As can be seen in Adam's square, these round buildings are generally associated with walls that form a quadrangle around them such that the circles were enclosed by squares.

Moving the Sakhmets in the Second Court   Betsy and Chuck van Siclen Discuss Block Placements

In the Second court the Sakhmets are moving back to the new bases built for them. We have a great deal of activity in this region, as you can see, and this will continue long after the Hopkins in Egypt site can be maintained. As we clean out the platform area in preparation for replacing the reused decorated blocks, we'll find some unexpected things. Betsy discusses the blocks and their ancient emplacements with Chuck Van Siclen who has just returned to Luxor . We'll try to fill you in next season as we prepare for long term conservation in the temple.

Tomorrow Violaine is leaving us, and her role as Field Director will be lost to us. She calls a meeting at 8:00 am to remind every site supervisor of the remaining requirements of their jobs. Each person must complete any drawings of walls before he or she leaves the site, and this means that we want them to begin early so as to leave time in case new bricks suddenly appear on the last days. Of course, the supervisors must also make certain that their notebooks are up to date.

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