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Elaine’s West trench number IV
Elaine’s West trench number IV has numerous layers of rich soil with several strata of black charcoal. For more than a meter now this south side of her square has been producing mid-later 18th Dynasty pottery, ca. 1470-1370 B.C. Jay’s photograph beautifully shows the current profile of the south baulk.
Elaine and Violaine stretching the tape
West of her number IV trench, Elaine stretches the tape as she and Violaine (in the far distance) lay out another extension along the line of the great mud plastered feature we’ve unearthed. We will follow it further west, hoping to get a corner as the sacred lake turns northward.
A view from the west of nearly all the active squares behind the lake.
A view from the west of nearly all the active squares behind the lake. The area in the foreground is now beginning to take shape, along with that being excavated at present. The large wall running east-west across the back of the lake has walls extending from it that may well be storage facilities contemporary with the wall itself and the building Wendy has been working in (not visible on this photograph).
Wendy’s square, West V
The morning after the night before, ca. 1410 B.C. Wendy’s square, West V shows the banquet and other food ceramics that have been thrown out lying in a wonderful heap on a burned surface outside the large brick wall. Here is the amphora with the stamped jar handle (at present we’re unsure whether it’s Thutmose III or Thutmose IV, but it hasn’t been cleaned yet). Just after this photograph was taken we began to remove all this great ancient garbage. See below.
Removing the large vessels still in situ in Wendy’s square

Removing the large vessels still in situ in Wendy’s square   Removing the large vessels still in situ in Wendy’s square
Working with trowels and small picks we began to remove the large vessels still in situ in Wendy’s square. The vessel with the stamped handle came out in a large number of pieces, and we saved the interior soil in the hope of finding some original contents. Wendy was kept busy just locating baskets and bags for us to put the nearly complete, but broken, pots into. This is a super location, however, and we’re expecting more architecture there immediately (mud brick already visible in the southeast corner).
Maria singing
Maria was at the house today doing pottery photography while we excavated. We arrived without her knowing it, because she was in the inner storeroom singing! She’s going to audition for the Peabody Conservatory when she returns to Baltimore and was trying out her voice. We can tell you she sounded great!
Sorting pottery
Back in the courtyard again doing pottery sorting and dating. We’ve made a great deal of progress, having processed nearly 250 baskets of pottery this season. We finished last year’s backlog and are working on this year.
Elizabeth identifying pottery
Elizabeth working on identifying marls and silts. Anyone notice the new golden hair?
And still more pottery....
Okay, so we’ve done 250 baskets, but look what has cropped up this year that we haven’t even gotten a good look at! Remember what I said before, … death, taxes, and pottery.

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