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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Paving stones in Sarah's area.


Even in its present state, the scale of some of the architecture at the Mut Temple is still impressive.  Here we see a patch of massive paving stones in Sarah’s area.  For reference, note that the red and white sticks are 1 meter (about 3 feet) long.


Sarah drawing paving stones.

As we mentioned yesterday, accurate record keeping is the lifeblood of archaeology.  With her trusty tape measure and plumb bob by her side, Sarah works on a drawing of the paving stones she and her workmen uncovered last week.


Violaine returns to the Mut Temple.


Amidst much rejoicing, Violaine returned for another season at the Mut Temple today.  Wasting no time before getting back to work, she and Adam are intently engaged in a discussion of previously excavated mudbricks.


Looking somewhat incredulously at the camera, one of our guftis, or skilled excavators, works on uncovering some mudbrick architecture along the northern wall of the temple’s columned porch.

The gufti at work.



Curved mudbrick wall in Adam's area.


In the area Adam is working in we’ve found a small portion of a curved mudbrick wall.  This wall may be part of an early version of the Mut Temple and was preserved during a later restoration when these large blocks were added above it.


Moving a decorated block.


Moving a decorated block.


Moving a decorated block.


With a flurry of attentive hands and a skilled eye, Lotfi, our conservator, leads his team in loading a decorated block on a trolley.  The block will then be brought around the back of the temple to the southeast corner and unloaded onto a mastaba, or bench, in the new open-air museum.

Moving a decorated block.



Will tracing the block.


Carefully following each line and noting the colors used by the ancient craftsmen, Will, our dig artist, is tracing the scene of Mut and blue Amun on the block that was found last week.


Adam and his team.

Keeping an accurate, up to date notebook and keeping hydrated are two of the constants for archaeologists working in the field.  Here we can see Adam and his team diligently attending to both.

Working at Beit Canada.


Working at Beit Canada.


Meanwhile, back at the ranch…or at least Beit Canada, our dig house, the day was spent registering artifacts found in previous seasons.  Here Jessica and Dorothy working on small finds while Keli draws artifacts in the background.


Registering information on artifacts.

Examining a find.


The artifacts are registered in one of the ubiquitous notebooks with pertinent information such as find spot, size, and description included.


Identifying an object.


Any ideas?


Of course, before registering an object it helps if you know what it is.  Maybe Jessica has an idea.



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