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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

View of the trenches.
View of square 12, jar in baulk.

A view of the trenches with Katie’s number east 12 lower center. Her gufti Ashraf was cleaning in the southwest corner in the morning, but later he and Katie paid more attention to the east side of the square, both north and central. Where you see the large jar in the baulk begins a layer of heavy pottery in the northeast area of the trench. You can see it in the baulk and on the floor. To the left is a rounded brick feature showing more pottery near the baulk. Ashraf now works just south of this area finding human bones in a region where the soil is heavily burned red. Before long a small skull placed upside down in the ground is visible, and when it is removed into a basket is seen to be entirely burned black when up righted. The remainder of the skeleton, apparently articulated, has been left for removal next winter. However, we are now considering the overall phenomenon of juvenile burials in the area – at this point four have appeared in Squares 7, 11, and 12.

Ashraf working.
Skull revealed.
Close view of skull.

Maggie with Sheri and Allie. Katherine.

Two photos illustrate discussions during the day. In one we see Maggie going over the drawings that Monika has been working on. Allie and Sheri have been helping to hold tapes, do measurements, and contribute to the conversation. In the other photo you see Katherine looking just a bit perplexed. I have just called her over to talk about pottery from a location in her square 11 where I found a strange mix of Second Intermediate Period with much later wares of the 25th/26th Dynasties. We have been talking about whether a pit could have been overlooked until this deep point, and Katherine had become concerned. But then I mentioned that it was a very large basket with more than 200 sherds, and she said, “No, I never had any basket with that many potsherds.” We then realized that during the washing her SIP materials became mixed with that from one of the new squares with Late Period material. She looked much relieved a few moments later.

Kris Strutt.
Students listening to Kris Strutt.

In the afternoon at 3 pm we gather at the Amon Hotel to hear from Kris Strutt who has been doing the geophysical study at the site. Kris is first showing us the area that he did magnetometry in, and reported that he found many indicators of occupation that will help us to plan for our next seasons. He then discussed Electrical Resistivity Tomography, which he has been doing on the site. After giving us a general lecture of what it is and how it is used, he showed us how he can combine the ERT results with those from the magnetometer. They are highly compatible as it turns out, and we should soon have some very helpful digitizations of the area south of our present work. Everyone was fascinated by the talk, and we thank him so much for the mini-class.

Students listening to Kris Strutt.
Students listening to Kris Strutt.


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