We start today with two important elements that we do not show all the time. The first is our Reis Ayman whose father Farouk, the Reis earlier in the season has traveled to the Delta to work with Donald Redford at Mendes, as he does every summer. We are grateful for the talents of the Farouk family – represented by Abdel-Aziz and Emad as well. We will be saying good-by to Abdel-Aziz also who will join his father in the north.
Our second view is of the Isheru Lake and the temple peninsula. All the work we do back here is predicated on better understanding the function of that temple and the role of the landscape here. Our silos, walls, pottery, and even our burials are the remains of organizational activities that supported the Mut temple and its cult.
But for the moment, a contemporary look at the lake shows the ongoing work of ARCE to clear the reeds from around the lake and remove the halfa grass and camel thorn from the banks. You see the resulting look here with sand on the banks covering large tarps of Tyvek that will prevent the growth of various weeds. In the foreground is part of a walkway being laid out around the lake (proud to say that this was an idea original to those of us who have worked here for many years and has been passed on to the capable hands of Johns Shearman, Engineer Magdy and their crews to come to realization.)