The end of the season is coming, and it was still necessary for the team of experts on landscape archaeology to take some points in far away areas of Luxor. For this reason, we requested a special permission to the Ministry of Antiquities to go up to one of the highest points in the area, the Hill of Thoth, also known as the “Crown of Thebes”. Thus, we could take some important points for our Digital Elevation Model and, at the same time, visit one of the most exceptional and inaccessible places of the Theban landscape during the Middle Kingdom.
In this hill, it seems that Mentuhotep III Sankhare sanctioned to build a temple, whose function has been interpreted by some as a place of celebration of the festival Sed (Petrie) and by other as a cultic place for the falcon form of the Theban god Montu (Vörös). Unfortunately, a visit to this place required to begin the climbing before even the time we used to work everyday and, for this reason, the group of people leaving to the Thoth Hill was limited to six members of the teams, three inspectors, and a good worker and loyal collegue of us. It took us around two hours to go up in the area, with some complicated cliffs, but the exceptionality of the structure, the landscape one could enjoy from this position, and the project interest on its function made it really worthy to come up to there.
On the other hand, some other members decided to get a break, relax from the efforts of the last days of the season, and help to organize the storage of the project. As every year, the arrangement and organization of the storage allows us to know about the tools, devices, and items used and remaining in Luxor, which eases the purchases and adquisition of new materials for the coming season. In addition, most of the members working on the organization of the storage could relax from the birthday party for Jaume, which we organized in the King’s Head Pub, where some members decided to stay longer than others.