Work continues on all the tombs. Archaeology requires documenting every step we take. Therefore, sometimes it seems that our work is slow, but this is essential if we want to reconstruct the history of the site.
At Henenu’s tomb, a new shaft in the closest chamber to that of the sarcophagus was opened by David. Materials coming from it were analyzed and registered by Iria; together with the conservators who first take a look at the pieces and treated them.
Then, the epigraphers, Carlos and Sika, separated the fragments according to their possible provenance (wall, stelae, sarcophagus…). They finished the study of the big fragments which possibly come from the sarcophagus and started the analysis of the incised pieces.
At Ipi’s tomb, Mohamed and Bea continued the documentation and excavation in the main courtyard of the tomb going down to the slope. Bea also continued identifying and classifying the new materials. Bettina finished analysing all the jars in the embalming cachette. She has studied more than fifty jars in just two weeks of work.
At the East Sector, Jose and Carmen have cleaned the entrance of the tomb, but some large rocks have appeared. It has taken several workers to move them to the outside of the tomb.
In the afternoon, we visited the tomb of Djehuty (TT110), the team had the opportunity to participate in a guided visit by J.J Shirley, who is the main director of the Epigraphy Research School Field of the ARCE. She explained to us the architecture of the tomb, the depictions and the work they have been doing for several years now in this tomb.
During the night, as it was Bettina’s final work day, the whole team went to Luxor to celebrate her work at MKTP in the pub King’s head. It was a good night to say goodbye to an exceptional worker. We will miss you Bettina!