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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Having seen a stone block at the south end of the peninsula on which the temple sits, and having noted that it appears to be in situ, I have requested that Hiroko take a look at it for conservation purposes and then requested that Ashley, Shaina, and Meredith take a level on top of it. In addition Violaine and I agree that it would be useful to know whether the stadia rod could be seen from the line of stone in our trenches, in the event that the block is part of the stone embankment wall we have uncovered.

Stone block is of interest.
Hiroko examines the block for conservation purposes.
Taking levels on the block.

Shaina doing flotation work.
Picking organic pieces from the sieve.

Shaina seems to enjoy the flotation work. Here she is in the kiosk carefully picking the small organic pieces from the sieve. Then she will leave them to dry slowly in the bags.

The main excitement today revolved around the stone we have seen in the water for a couple of days now. The Karnak Temples Director, Dr. Ibrahim Soliman, visited the site today and noticed the stone. He directed a worker to go in the water and try to move it. I was over by the “oasis” working on pottery at the time and when I heard that Dr. Ibrahim was there I came over and learned that the stone had been found to be inscribed. I thought it still was a large piece, so we directed that it be covered and removed, as we had originally intended, when the water was slightly lower. However, I then learned that one man had been able to move the stone, and for its protection I then ordered that it be removed from the lake. As you can see, the very mud covered object was then hosed down by Hiroko. We learned that this is a torso of a red granite seated royal statue. The Horus name on the rear is that of Ramesses II. We called for the trolley to be brought and the statue was moved on it over to the mastaba in the Second Court. There we could ascertain clearly that the red granite is actually in good condition, although it is covered with a thick lime accretion layer that must be removed while the torso is still wet. Hiroko covered the statue with wet sheets and then placed plastic over them. The statue will remain wet until it is acculturated to the dryness.

The stone in the lake.
A worker goes in to move the stone.
Stone being removed from the lake.
Moving the statue.  Hiroko hoses mud off of the statue.
Statue moved by trolley to the mastaba.
The inscription.
Front view.
Hiroko working on the statue.  The statue covered in plastic.


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