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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Katherine working on trench east 11.

View of walls in trench east 11.
In Katherine’s trench, number east 11, from the very beginning in 2011 there were walls everywhere just beneath the surface. One long room running south and north and three to its east were found, and this season the walls that defined them in the upper levels were drawn by Allie and Sean. That work being completed we have decided to remove the upper wall courses, beginning at the north with its east-west running wall. The walls do not in most cases descend to the levels we have reached within the rooms, although as you can see in one photo there are at least four courses on the east of the square. View of walls in trench east 11.

Photos were taken after five levels were removed, and a darker soil is visible in the lower part (west) of the photograph, next to the meter stick. In the next level stones and sherds appear in the same location, and then in level 7 a line of bone. This turned out to be the upper half of another human skull, turned upside down. As with several others we have found recently, this is the skull of a juvenile. Because we are unsure whether there are other bones here, we have temporarily stopped work on the west but continued to work to the east. One long bone was found there, but it was solitary and not part of a skeleton.

View of walls in trench east 11.
Skull fragment.
Skull fragment.

Monika has been slaving to draw walls in Maggie’s square east 7, and she is very good at it! She carefully brushes and trowels the brick to identify its orientation, and understands the usefulness of following the mortar lines. Monika and Maggie at sqare east 7.

Betsy with Monida and Maggie.
Monika with scaraboid. A bonus she found through her hard work came out from the mortar! A very beautiful faience scaraboid with a goose molded and detailed on the upper portion and an incised hippopotamus goddess, Ipet or Taweret, on the bottom. How exciting!

Close view of faience scaraboid. 

Close view of faience scaraboid.

A few days ago Gaultier found a clay figurine of a female in his square. Today Marina has a very similar upper portion of one, and this one with a head. It may be male which would be an interesting result, but here it is!

Marina holding figurine.
Close view of figurine.


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