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Translating Henenu

After two weeks, the team is getting bigger and bigger. We already need to take two trips from Marsam to Deir el-Bahari to move all our members, and this is just the beginning!

All the action has moved to Henenu’s tomb. The epigraphers, Sika and Carlos, have begun to work with the fragments of the sarcophagus. They connected some pieces and have started working with the conservation team to prioritise the cleaning and labelling of the fragments they want to study first. Then, Reed and Ella photograph the fragments, clean them to try to reveal more details of their decoration and label each piece with its specific object number.

Iria and David spent the day starting the photogrammetric documentation of one of the shafts, which is located in the courtyard of the tomb.

At E1, Jose continued cleaning the corridor of the tomb, which is still full of big stones.

Patri started her day as usual, visiting the different sites to document each excavation. After that, she started photographing the natron bags from the embalming shaft of Ipi.

Mohamed had a very busy day working between Ipi and Henenu to direct the surveying 3D documentation at both sites. While Mohamed was at Henenu, Bea focused on the excavation of the middle courtyard of Ipi, taking notes on the progress of the work. Meanwhile, Bettina made amazing progress with the ceramic jars, as this is her final week with us and she is very close to finishing the analysis of the entire set.

During the afternoon, most of the team went to the town to buy some sweets and SIM cards for their phones. They were very happy to find Nutella!


E1 starts its engines

The eastern sector at the northern hills of Deir el-Bahari constitute the less examined area of the necropolis. In general, the whole area in the northern hills gathered tombs belonging to officials who lived in the period between mid-Twelfth Dynasty and XIII Dynasty.  The MKTP has the concesion of one of these tombs, E1 (MMA 521) and today, finally, we have started its excavation.

This tomb, whose owner is still unknown, it has not been excavated in modern times. This is why the work during this season is so promising.

Jose and Carmen are cleaning the entrance of the tomb, which was full of sand and stones. The architecture of this tomb seems really interesting and hopefully we would be able to share more details in the next few days.

At the same time, the works in Henenu’s tomb continued. Mohamed and David were documenting the shaft from the tomb and preparing the points for further photogrammetry. Iria assisted them and kept on registering new finds.

Ella, from the same programme at University College London as Reed, has joined the conservation team. Both of them started the restoration of the painted fragments found in Henenu’s tomb

In Ipi’s tomb, Bea spent the morning classifying finds and supervising the trenches related to ceramic material of the Middle Kingdom. Bettina continued studying the pottery from the embalming shaft of the tomb

In the evening, the epigraphers, Carlos and Sika, arrived in Luxor and joined the team to work during the following days at the tomb of Henenu.

MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Recuperando el pasado

El proyecto

El Middle Kingdom Theban Project tiene como objetivos la excavación, estudio y publicación de varias tumbas de la necrópolis del Reino Medio en Deir el-Bahari (Henenu, Ipi, Neferhotep, E1) y de las tumbas de Dagi (TT 103) y Djari (TT 366) en la necrópolis de Asasif.

MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Ministerio Egipcio de Antigüedades

Con la colaboración del Ministerio Egipcio de Antigüedades y las autoridades del Alto Egipto, Luxor y la Orilla Occidental.

Las tumbas

Las tumbas de Henenu (TT 313) e Ipi (TT 315) se encuentran en la colina norte de la necrópolis de Deir el-Bahari, donde fueron enterrados algunos de los oficiales más importantes de Mentuhotep II y principios del Reino Medio. 

La cámara funeraria de Harhotep (CG 28023) fue localizada en el patio de la tumba TT 314 y constituye uno de los ejemplos más interesantes en arquitectura, iconografía y epigrafía del yacimiento. 

En la planicie de Asasif, las tumbas de Dagi (TT 103) y Djari (TT 366) también representan monumentos a la memoria de altos cargos tebanos del reinado de Mentuhotep II que ayudaron a construir un gran estado.

MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Patrocinadores - Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Patrocinadores - Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha
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