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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Early on we promised you a glimpse of Norman Barker in his photo “lab” at Beit Canada. And here he is in a show he set up and took himself. (Photographers! They are all alike.)  Just for your pleasure we also show you an example of Norman’s long and careful work photographing our pottery. These sherds came from Chuck’s investigation under the floors of the Ramesses III temple some seven years ago. Well, better late than never.

Norman Barker at Beit Canada.
Photograph of pottery sherds.

Will Schenck visits the site.

Visiting today is Will Schenck, known to us all as the superb artist who works regularly with us here. This winter, however, he will be drawing across the river in Theban tomb 92 of Suemniwet, as we redo a few drawings for the publication which is in progress. Andrew gives him a tour of the excavation.

Ashley observes the excavation of a statue.

The inscription is revealed.
Betsy and Ashley examine the statue.

Ashley’s trench A/E, in front of the stone embankment shows a lower half of a statue in indurated limestone. Sayeed has been slowly excavating around the piece, and today it will be removed. After some time Sayeed turned the piece over to remove surface materials, and we see that its back pillar is nearly complete and the inscription intact. That is good news indeed. Soon we ask for the piece to be taken to Hiroko’s tent for cleaning, and the instruction to the young man given the task is to carry it “like a baby”. So that is what he does! Later in the day Jay’s photograph shows you how truly special this piece is. Cleaning will be slow, but the information will be informative. We can already see that the owner had a title associated with the Mut Temple.

Carrying the statue like a baby.   A close view of the piece.

In trench B/C view of the large quay.   Chris holding a decorated fragment.

Next door in B/C, Chris is not to be outdone! Although he has the largest features in our excavations, and the large quay just continues to descend, today he also has a small decorated fragment with a royal title, “the son of Re” readable. Objects such as this are additive and often their discovery breaks up the more routine side of our work. However, it is the trench itself that is the story – the baulks, the features, the soil, and our workers’ input.

View of Meredith's trench.   View of the brick feature.

Meredith’s trench G has had fits and starts. Baked brick appeared in a tumble in layers above her present level. Now, however, she has brick in situ, running, as expected, north-south across the trench. So far the configuration of this feature is a bit confusing, but this is perhaps because we are looking at the top of it that is not at all complete. Unfortunately, the floor of the square is very wet, and we will be forced to try to place another well to combat this. Let us hope that we can continue work here, because this will be our best opportunity to find any embankment for the south side of the lake.


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