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Work in the Second Court   Work in the Second Court
Work in the Second Court

Our work in the Second Court is resuming today following the Eid feast. Franck Burgos, the stone mason, has arrived back from France , and his crew is setting up to move the large deteriorated sandstone blocks from the front perimeter of the platform. They have designed and built a winch system that is highly effective and can be easily moved. As they work from west to east, decorated and inscribed blocks that were reused in this foundation extension will be treated in situ, removed to a podium and then properly conserved. In the photo the upper part of a four sided block is visible and will be freed perhaps within another week or so.

Block with Lower Part of a Face   Working on the Stone Blocks

Working on the Stone Blocks

Kent Severson, an archaeological and stone conservator here to work on our grant project, is starting to examine the blocks that have been exposed and will be moved soon. The beautiful lower face from a Hathor pillar promises a large segment of visage when it's moved - we can see the eyes in the narrow space between the block and the one next to it. That second decorated pillar piece and the one next to it are in very precarious conodition, and Kent is beginning consolidation work. To be safe he asks to have the visible inscriptions copied in case the stone is lost during movement. Betsy made a brief hand copy.

Work at Sarah's Square   Sarah Taking Notes

Brick with Stamp

In Sarah's square today the lower half of a baked brick emerged. It is stamped with part of the name of the High Priest of Amun Menkheperre. This man was a veritable theocratic ruler in the 21 st Dynasty, ca. 11 th century B.C. Our portion of the brick preserves the "kheper" part of the High Priest's name as well as the name of "Amun' that would have followed the priestly title.


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