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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A carefully laid subpavement is revealed.
Reis Farouk.

Reis Farouk keeps all of us running. The continuing success of our efforts is greatly due to him and his rapid response to every situation. So let him stand by as I recap the story behind this now-empty room. For those who have watched the website since it restarted, you have seen the location on the west side of the Mut Temple where we removed two sagging walls and pavement behind them. Just before Jay arrived we had completed the removal of earth that revealed the deposit of column drums of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III from a porch that had been dismantled and buried as a foundation. This entire expanse when we first began to work it in 2004 was filled with the column drums, and they are now entirely removed and set on the mastabas of the temple’s Second Court. As in 2004 and 2006, beneath the removed column drums, clearance of the sand this year revealed a carefully laid subpavement. So it is still, and we hope next January to see how this particular flooring relates to the rest of the temple’s subfloors.



Jonathon, Dorothy, Jessica and Betsy in the trench.
Jessica, Jonathon and Dorothy at work.
Today is Dorothy and Emily’s last day on site. Unfortunately Emily was feeling just slightly less than perfect, so she stayed in to prevent any discomfort during her travel home. However, Dorothy, Jessica, and Jonathan participated in our efforts at the temple today. As part of work that Violaine is carrying out to map the interior features of the temple, the students are drawing the interior of the front stone wall of the temple’s porch. This area stretches from the northeast corner (where you see Betsy sitting) to a door opening where you see Jessica’s pink and white striped shirt in the longer picture shot, and it will be dismantled next January as part of our wall restoration project. A drawing of this wall, as seen in bird’s eye view, will thus relate it to other pre-existing features, in particular the mud brick walls that we have excavated next to and beneath this wall.



Jessica hanging the plumb bob.
Jessica and dorothy smile for the camera.

Measuring off the long string and measuring tape, you see Jessica hanging the plumb bob just at the borders of each stone in the wall’s foundation layers. They also take additional points where the stone are particularly different in shape and when stones beneath jut out to be seen from above. Dorothy does the measurement off of the tape, and here Jonathan places the points on the graph paper drawing. Jay catches Jessica and Dorothy in the middle of a pause while Jonathan draws the stone’s shape from the points taken. They are smiling, but believe me it’s really hot, and they are actually looking forward to returning to Beit Canada to draw pottery. We want to thank everyone for their help, but today we particularly convey our appreciation to Emily and Dorothy. Great job!



Jay shooting pottery at Beit Canada.
Jay mugging for the camera.

We all know that Jay does not like to have his picture taken and really hates being caught at it, so I have simply refrained of late. However, each year he will take his own picture, and how appropriate is it that he did so with his remarkable pottery photography set up at Beit Canada. He and Jim have been grinding out the work, but here is Jay mugging for his own camera. And that is a real “Jay face”, trust me.



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