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Taking Measurements for Drawings   Taking Measurements for Drawings
Drawing Features in Emily's Square

Today is our last day with Violaine as field director. She has been a remarkable teacher and experienced archaeologist who set an example for all the team to emulate. Here you see her providing counsel and assistance to Katie and Emily who are drawing the large granary features in Emily's square.

View of the Trenches

A great shot of most of the trenches (sans Dina and Katie's) showing how much progress they have made since January 3. Seems like yesterday, but we're down in the Second Intermediate Period (ca. 1750-1580 B.C.) in several of the squares.

Adam and Elizabeth

Elizabeth has a number of walls in her square and is now doing her drawings. Adam is lending a hand (or is he just kibitzing?).

Violaine and Betsy Study a Map of Excavation Area

Violaine and Betsy look at the map that includes our excavation squares. We're interested in how the granaries related to the large east-west wall that crosses the site just north of our trenches. Since Emily and Adam share a second granary feature that is more northerly, we look at the map to see the connection and find that the granary would fit just within that large wall.

Digging a Pottery Trench

In Elaine's area we put in a small trench just to dig up pottery and establish a chronological sequence. The square is now down 3.5 meters, and the workers are getting inventive in how to get the buckets of soil out of the trench. P.S., still going down. Those who said that there was a branch of the Nile here before the New Kingdom will need to revise a bit southward.

Removing Blocks from Platform   Foundation Layer Revealed

As we begin to remove blocks from the platform, a lowest layer of foundation is revealed and cleaned. These turn out to include decorated blocks too, and later in the day we placed two of them on the mastaba. But the Hathor faced pillar capital was the most stunning of the blocks that we moved, and it turns out to have two carved faces. You'll see more tomorrow, most likely.

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