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Sunday, January 16, 2011

View of south area

Early in the morning a view from the south shows Mahmoud Abady beginning work in square 11 where we have brick in much of the area, and it does connect to square 9 north of it. To the west of trench 9 a new area is being open, square 12, where Meredith and Katie will supervise.

Opening a new square
Square 11

Square 10

In square 10, Meredith and Katie’s earlier trench, we look at the west profile beneath the “ramp,” and we see on the left a dark soil patch that has been cut through on both sides. This Second Intermediate Period occupation level was cut into to build the wall above and the ramp above that.

Meredith at work

Square 8
Marina measuring

In Marina’s square 8 a somewhat complicated situation has developed following her large Late Period (Dynasty 25/26) pit. A wall running north-south (left) that probably connected with one beneath the “ramp” in 9 and 10, here overlays two east-west walls. These appear to have been part of a room, one end of which was blocked with limestone. The dark dirt represented pure Second Intermediate Period occupation.

Trench 7

Maggie’s trench 7 has produced the largest number of complete or near complete pots – all of Dynasty 18 so far, and it has also provided numerous small finds. Her architecture has been confusing, however, since this was in many places an area of discarded materials. Walls form rooms on the east side of the square, but we do not now have the west side, and the north (left) remains unclear. All the pointing and talking by Maggie, Kelly, and Violaine might give some of this away, but it’s actually about identifying the bricks that they are about to draw.

Maggie, Kelly and Violaine
Maggie, Kelly and Violaine

Cleaning Square 2

Over in the south the workers are busy cleaning the square 2 for a photograph. Here we have a large brick feature that Gaultier has overseen work on. All of the pottery from this square has been of Late or Third Intermediate Period, but we continue to look for signs of the end of the feature or clear edges.

Square 2


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