Winter is coming

Winter is slowly arriving in Egypt. The nights are getting cold and the contrast with the morning heat is causing the first colds.

At Henenu’s tomb, David opened two new shafts located in the burial chamber. There he found large blocks of sandstone and limestone, possibly from a sarcophagus. In addition, other materials such as textiles, cartonnage and wood were found and recorded by Iria. Carlos and Sika are still working together with Reed and Ella to consolidate, clean and join some relief fragments.

At Ipi’s main courtyard, Mohamed is concentrating on the southwestern part, from where very interesting Middle Kingdom ceramic sherds are being extracted. Ceramics are the best method we have to date the contexts we work with, which is why Bea has been photographing the ceramic fragments from this season, in order to get an idea of the different levels of occupation of the courtyard.

Jaume has also been working with ceramic pieces from Ipi’s courtyard together with Fathi. Together they have managed to piece together some fragments and identify a total of four different jars.

In E1, Jose and Carmen have identified, at the end of the corridor, what appears to be a new chamber. However, it is filled with sand and full of large rocks that require the effort of several workers to drag them out of the tomb. It seems that the cleaning of this chamber will take several days. 

Tonight, we have a new member joining the restoration team, Lily Griffin, also from the University College of London. With her help we hope to make much faster progress on the many conservation tasks we have planned for this campaign. 


Windy day

This was Jose’s last Friday with us before he leaves for Aswan, so we decided to do something different and take off in one of the hot air balloons that fly over Luxor every morning!

Jose, Jaume, David, Reed, Carmen, Iria and Bea woke up even earlier than usual to enjoy the Theban mountains from the sky. However, the wind had other plans.

The balloon crew warned that it was possible that the trip would have to be cancelled if the wind did not slow down. The team waited for two hours but the situation only got worse. The wind was blowing harder and finally, the ride was cancelled.

Faced with this setback, the team looked for an alternative plan. Some of Mohamed’s students, who are beginning their studies in Egyptology, came to visit him. Therefore, what better place to visit than Deir el-Medina?

Foto: Mohamed Osman

Carlos and Ella also joined the group and all of them went to one of the most amazing sites in ancient Egypt. They visited the tombs of Sennedjem, Pashedu, Ankher and Nakhtamun where Carlos explained the most important features of the epigraphy and the funerary world of those tombs. Iria explained the history of the site and some of the most significant domestic structures of the settlement. They also explored the Hathoric Temple and the great pit where hundreds of ostraca were found in the 1930’s.

Later, Reed, Bea, Mohamed and his students visited the Ramesseum. They were lucky because it was lunch time and there were not many tourist, so they enjoyed the temple as its best.

The day ended with almost the whole team playing cards. However, it was so windy that we had to have dinner inside the Marsam. Hopefully, the wind tomorrow will allow us to work without too many problems!

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
MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Patrocinadores - Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d
MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Patrocinadores - Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte
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MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Patrocinadores - Asociación Española de Egiptología
MKTP - Middle Kingdom Theban Project - Patrocinadores - Asociación de Amigos de la UAH

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