Rais Farouk and our SCA Inspector Mr. Amr stand watch during the day. The Rais continues to the glue that holds our expedition together year in and year out. His family is represented by an additional three of his sons, Ayman, Emad, and Abdel-Aziz, all of whom are guftis for us this season.
Katherine is overseeing work in Square 11 this summer. It is directly south of square 9 where we have the columns and had the skeleton as well. Eleven, however, has a number of small rooms with well separated walls between and larger walls on the east and north. You see Katherine in her large floppy hat next to Meredith with Allie in the background working on her drawings of the walls in square 11. She and Sean are undertaking all the wall drawing for square 11, and it is a large task, particularly in the unrelenting hot sun.
Maggie’s square 7 where she is working with Monika’s help shows a small three-sided brick enclosure in Level 16 and some scattered brick on its floor. It represents an earlier (Second Intermediate Period) era than did the column base (now heavily pedestaled and due to be removed) or the large jar in the foreground both of which are of 18th Dynasty date. Levels are to be taken here to confirm the excavation standard 10-centimeter layers, and Sean holds the stadia rod while Katie helps Monika with the level. What they are so happy about I can’t say. It’s about 115 degrees!
Katie is overseeing square 12 which has this mud and mud brick trough in the north. Her gufti Ashraf removed all the fill within the trough and found typical measuring vessels in the bottom. Called “beer jars” these rough ware jars were convenient to dip into grain or liquid equally easily. The function of the stone and mud attachments to the trough is not entirely certain but may have helped to stabilized the structure. Similar troughs were used to mix germinating grain during the production of both bread and beer.
Marina and Sheri have been working long and hard to draw the walls in Square 10 and they are nearing the finish line. It’s so nice to see the smiles on faces despite the rather difficult conditions here at present. Thanks guys!