This is an educational web site that aims to provide the viewer with the elements of archaeological work, including the progress of excavation. The daily results are crucial to an understanding of how field investigation takes place, since decisions must be made on the basis of ongoing work. The people involved in the work are also an essential feature and contribute profoundly to the final outcomes. The focus of our diary is thus often on the people and their activities.
In January 2011 Dr. Betsy Bryan returned to the Temple of Mut precinct in Luxor, Egypt with nine Johns Hopkins students. For the past four years excavation has focused within the temple itself and around the perimeter of the sacred lake, called the Isheru. This year Dr. Bryan and her team returns to the area behind (south of) the lake where between 2002 and 2006 industrial areas for baking, brewing, faience and ceramic production, were discovered. The area behind the lake contains a large open area without standing buildings. At the far south where the mud brick temenos wall separated the precinct from the secular city of ancient Thebes an area was investigated in 2004-05. In 2005 Dr. Elaine Sullivan identified a 25th Dynasty storage building of mud brick in the vicinity. This year work continues to the east of this area, beginning where a slight rise in ground level exists. Likewise excavation squares are placed directly south of the industrial area excavated earlier.As in earlier years Dr. Violaine Chauvet from Liverpool University is Field Director for the expedition. This year’s regular team includes Jay VanRensselaer, JHU Homewood Photographer, returning since 1994, Sanchita Balachandran, Curator of the JH Archaeological Museum, and our graduate and undergraduate students: Chris Brinker, Maggie Bryson, Katie Cobb, Kelly Cummings, Katherine Davis, Marina Escalano-Poveda, Ashley Fiutko, Meredith Fraser, and Michael Riecken, and Gaultier Mouron, a graduate student from Geneva, Switzerland. We will be joined by several other experts during the season.
As always, the Johns Hopkins University thanks the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and, in particular, its Secretary General, Dr. Zahi Hawass, for their ongoing support of our archaeological work in Egypt . The Supreme Council of Antiquities supervises all fieldwork research in Egypt and also monitors and preserves the ancient monuments.
To follow the day to day progress of the JHU Expedition, click on the thumbnail images in the calendar below.
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