We’ve had a lot of weather over the past few days – very strong winds, low temperatures and high temperatures, thunder, lightning and some rain. The general dampness of the atmosphere and the rain made the low parts of the tell, across which we have to walk to get to the work, rather treacherous with slippery mud which stuck to the soles of our boots, turning them into ‘high-risers’! Then this morning we walked to the site in very dense fog - it was amazingly quiet apart from the ever-present cheeping of sparrows and the calls of plovers who always sound on the verge of hysteria. Eventually we heard the sound of voices ahead and the figures of some of our workmen waiting for us became visible through the fog.
At the base of the tell which is totally invisible through the dense fog.
It took until around 8.30 for the fog to lift and then became rather hot and still – too hot for me! Having investigated some of the chambers of the casemate podium, we’ve now started to study the fill into which the base of the it was cut to try to refine the dating of the construction.
An internal corner of one of the chambers of the casemate podium.
As with the temple we can only access the lower levels on the edges of the tell where the brickwork has already been lost. On the south-west side, the foundation-trench of the podium is clearly visible as is the earlier settlement fill into which it was cut.
At the bottom is the outer brickwork of the casemate, then above it the top of the foundation-trench and above that earlier settlement fill with the remains of an oven.
We were very pleased that the EES Cairo Office Manager, Essam Nagy, was able to visit us today, making the long (four and a half hours by road) journey up from Cairo. Jeff and our MSA Inspector, Hany (whom Essam already knows from Luxor), showed him around the site and described the work before Essam left to go on to visit the EES team currently working at Tell Mutubis.
Jeff and Essam discussing the site.
With the Director of the MSA team, Sayed el-Talhawi.
Penny Wilson managed to get a gratuitous ostrich into her last blog post from Mutubis! We can’t compete with such an exotic offering but here is gratuitous cat No.5, exploring some rubbish in the village.
Most of the local cats are tabbies of various colours – this black cat is rather unusual.