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First Court of Mut Temple - 40899 Bytes

The western side of the first court of the Mut Temple. In the center background the Brooklyn Museum of Art's expedition is restoring a collapsed wall and resetting statues of the goddess Sakhmet onto modern bases that will protect the monuments from salty ground water. On the right is the JHU team excavating the area of the western gateway of the court. We hope to learn more about the processional ways of the temple in the New Kingdom and later, so exits and entrances of the building are part of our first investigations.

Up on the Ladder - 43839 Bytes

Jay Van Rensselaer's role is to record every aspect of our work, and he is busy from sun up to sun down. In addition to keeping the digital camera clicking so that we can put up this website, he is responsible for all normal still photography. Here, up a ladder at J.J. Shirley's site behind the sacred lake, Jay is getting a vantage point on the packed mud brick tumble surface exposes just after excavation begins.

The Western Gateway - 38962 Bytes

Having begun to expose the western gateway of the first court at the Mut Temple, Tammy Krygier has determined that the gate was paved and joined to a baked brick wall of the Roman era. Now she begins to excavate on the western side of the gate to determine the extent of the pavement and its path.

Brushing the Excavation Surface - 20396 Bytes

J.J. Shirley, Kathy Barbash, and Abigail McGuirk came down on mud brick tumble and some in situ mud brick just beneath the surface of our area behind the sacred lake. We're working on a visible rise behind the lake, where magnetometer survey suggests there may be east-west trending brick walls. But do we have a large enclosure wall already or late houses built atop or aside an earlier wall? Here J.J. and her workers brush the surface in preparation for Jay Van Rensselaer's formal photo of the area at end of the day.

Coding Pottery - 15215 Bytes

J.J. Shirley writing our five digit code for pottery on a diagnostic piece. Everyone is now familiar and almost comfortable with the coding, and in some cases we've come up with sherds coded with Baltimore zipcodes - like 21210, which means medium sized, Nile silt with chaff temper, rough surface and no decoration.

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