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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Square 7.
Working in square 7.

Maggie’s Trench 7 continues to produce somewhat unexpected results. Today our opening shot shows the infant burial from yesterday covered with plastic and sand. We are going to await the winter to remove it. So Ayman began to excavate within the three-sided structure and nearly immediately noticed things in the center and northeast corner. Soon it was apparent that we have complete pots – a bowl and a smaller vessel next to it; and next to these in the corner coming out from beneath the brick another infant burial. Long leg bones apparently in a flexed position are visible but the upper body, if it exists, is beneath the brick of the structure. Salima descended into the square to look more closely. Again we have covered the bones and will partially refill the trench. Now we will close Square 7 after drawing all the features and wait until next winter to resume work here.

Covering the bone finds.
Working in square 7.
Finds in square 7 covered.

Activity around Maggie's trench.

Now that Maggie will begin a new square, she will start the process of drawing the features in 7. She is taking notes now as she watches the activity in her trench, and Mona looks on with her at the new east-west brick wall deep in the square. The upper walls have also not been done, so the work will last a while, with Monika doing much of the work as Maggie oversees her new square.

Work in the trench.

Gufti Ashraf working in square 12.
Gufti Ashraf working in square 12.

Katie’s square 12 is run by gufti Ashraf who has had a challenge so far this season.  The trench contains few walls and has had broad magloob surfaces in most regions. Now beneath the magloob packed bricky dirt, large areas appear burned. The pottery throughout is of the Second Intermediate Period, and probably not the end of it by comparison with other levels. There are also bones in the hard surface, most of them appearing to be burned as well. A few small mud brick features appear, but they do not so far provide much functional context.

Square 12.
View of square 12.

Kris Strutt's apparatus.

Kris Strutt’s apparatus on site has moved from the magnetometer to an Electrical Resistivity Tomography recorder. His computer and the ERT are attached to metal probes sunk into the ground along an established grid. We are greatly looking forward to the results.

Kris Strutt with equipment.


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