Beginning of the end

Today was a particularly cold morning at the site. It is 18 December and the previous high temperatures have been gone for weeks now. But there is nothing better to warm up than climbing the mountain of Deir el-Bahari each morning and a good tea from Naggar.

The archaeological work at the tomb of Henenu has been completed today. David, Iria and Nisha have finished excavating the last squares. Fragments of cartonnage, mudbricks, ceramics and textiles have been found near the east wall, so this is an area to be taken into account for the next season.

Due to the amount of work at E1, Carmen has moved there for the last days of the campaign. The work is focused on extracting the sand and large stones that had collapsed into the descending corridor. Carmen is in charge of recording the materials that are being extracted. Meanwhile, Raúl is working with the total station and Sergio is directing the excavation.

At Ipi’s tomb, with the documentation completed, the work now focuses on sorting out the storage space inside the tomb. Bea is organising this year’s finds by type of material and context, placing them in boxes on the enormous shelves that occupy part of the tomb’s corridor. For their part, Enrique and Manuel have been studying the mummy that appeared yesterday in E1 and have continued with the skeletal remains found in the courtyard of Ipi.

The conservation team has finished the inventory of special objects from the tomb of Henenu and is continuing with those of Ipi. This allows them, above all, to plan the necessary treatments for the next season. Because many of these objects are fragile, they are also building boxes to store and protect them until they can be treated in the future.

After breakfast, Ella and Rawda returned to Dagi to store the most fragile and important wall painting fragments in boxes and to install a datalogger, which measures the temperature and humidity in the tomb. This will help them understand the environmental conditions there and how they may affect the wall paintings.

Activity at the Marsam continues as it has in recent days, with the whole team working to finish the reports due on 21 December. However, it is hard to forget that we are coming to an end of the season and there is an aura of early nostalgia surrounding the team, knowing that these are our last days together.


Without rest

Today was our last Friday in Egypt! Usually, today would be a rest day, but given recent events in E1 there has been an exception.

The E1 team, Raúl, Sergio and Carmen, together with Patri and Antonio, went to the site today. The GIS team, Didi, Nisha and David continued to work with the trimble around the Deir el-Bahari area.

In E1, the excavation of the descending corridor is beginning to produce a considerable amount of material, including a new mummy torso. The skeleton of what appears to be a dog or small jackal has also come to light.

Sergio has used the forensic anthropologists’ endoscope to try to see more of the interior of the corridor being excavated. However, everything is clogged with earth and stones. They estimate that it will be at least four metres long and it is very likely that the excavation will be completed in the next season.

The “lucky” ones who were able to rest today decided to do a quick visit to the Valley of the Kings. Rawda, Manuel, Enrique, Elsa, Reed, Ella, Iria and Bea visited the tombs of Tutankhamun, Ramses V and VI, Merenptah, Tausret and Siptah, among others. It was a quick visit, as with only a few days to go before the end of the sixth campaign there is a lot of work to do in the office, but the team members were still amazed by the tombs and thrilled to have a chance to explore this beautiful site.

Elsa is leaving tonight and only the last members of the MKTP will remain at the Marsam, until everyone leaves Luxor on 22 December. Until then, we will try to gather as much information as we can at the site. The work of an archaeological project such as ours is not limited to the two months of excavation, but continues throughout the year from our homes in Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Denmark, etc. And with all that we have done in this month and a half we are sure that we have plenty of work for 2022!.

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.

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