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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Area where the skull appeared in 2012. The skull.

Gaultier has begun to work in another area we know to have had burials. In 2012 the skull you see here literally fell out of the baulk as Gaultier and his gufti Emad were cleaning within a feature in level 16 southeast. A near-hemisphere of brick identified an area from which we retrieved a number of smaller bones, and the skull appeared just to the right of where you see the top two white and red ten-centimeter markings on the meter stick. You see already near the surface large patches of darker soil with much charcoal. Soon beneath an identifiable pit could be discerned in the west portion of baulk (i.e., top of first picture and bottom of last.

Working on the area where the skull appeared.

Pot and skull in situ.

oday is Luke, Meg, Meredith, and Allie’s last day on-site; Phil and Rania left this morning from Luxor. They have been fabulous. We are delighted, therefore, to show you Luke’s very successful work at reconstructing the pot found next to Afaf’s Skeleton 1000, the first burial identified with the mound in Central 6/East 13. This beautiful vertically burnished and red slipped jar can be dated with confidence to the end of the Second Intermediate Period.

Luke and Alaf with the reconstructed pot.
Close view of reconstructed pot.

Here is the final cleaning product of Meg’s hard work on Skeleton 1010. Afaf will begin its removal on Saturday. FYI, the Skeleton numbers started at 1000, so our numbers are not really so enormous, although given that we had expected no burials here, we have certainly come across a true cemetery. And the work continues.

View of Meg's work on skeleton 1010.

Because we are losing a number of people in these days, I have placed our group photo taken by Jay on the 20th here. He thought it appropriate to take our photo this time in Central 6 and East 13 with the skeleton 1000 still in view. We have two here, and the second has the whole crew with Reis Ayman to my right and the quftis front left. Group shot with skeleton 1000.
Group shot with the entire crew.

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