This morning we finished work on site for our first season at Tell Buweib, which has been very successful. Our programme, as approved by the MSA, was to define the extents of and plan buildings which could be seen on the satellite image and, by carrying out limited excavation, try to find out more about them. The main buildings are the mud-brick temple, which our investigation has shown appears to have been constructed in the late Ramesside Period or the early Third Intermediate Period, and the mud-brick casemate foundation which is almost certainly Saite in date. For the last few days of work we have been carrying out surface clearance only of the buildings immediately to the south-west of the temple. Most seem to be foundations but one, the back wall of which is parallel to, and only about 2 metres from the temple wall, has clear doorways which should mean it is preserved above floor-level. Depending on the foundation level of the walls, this might suggest it was constructed as a part of the temple complex – we will investigate this possibility next season.
The side of one of the doorways in a brick building just to the south-west of the temple.
While our workmen were back-filling trenches this morning we had a walk along the ridge to the south-east of the temple and beyond it onto the surrounding low ground. The ridge contains substantial amount of well-preserved mud-brick and we are wondering if this could be the remains of an enclosure wall around the temple complex – something else to investigate next year!
Brickwork which might be part of an enclosure wall.
At the end of work we posed for the almost-obligatory group photo, with our six local workmen, our MSA Inspector and the granddaughter of the owner of the house we live in. It is her parents who generously vacated their flat, at very short notice, so that we could live in it. We are very grateful to the family here and to all the local people who have made us so welcome and enabled the season to run so smoothly.
At the end of work - our MSA Inspector, Hany Gomaa, is at the back.
Finally, here is gratuitous cat No.6, a particularly fine ginger one, outside a house between the site and the village