I was just about to write an update yesterday evening when we had our longest power cut (so far!) which lasted over two hours and since the netbook battery was low, I thought it best to postpone. Most evenings here the electricity goes off for only about one hour which we can work around and the longer cut may have been due to the very, very, windy weather we’ve had for the past few days. It has made working on site very unpleasant at times, especially when we’ve been trying to define brick walls on a steep slope. As soon as we have them clean, a fierce wind blows brick dust and powered mud from the top of the tell and totally conceals all the brick joints and wall edges. It is easy to see how over several hundred years the fill inside our temple built up!
Defining a brick wall edge before the wind started!
Like many Delta tells, Buweib was probably originally much bigger and there are a couple of outlying areas in the fields which may once have been joined to the main site. One of them is currently occupied by a Bedu encampment.
A outlying area of the tell, with tents and animals of nomadic Bedu. The tall building in the background is a local school.
Tomorrow will be our first pay-day for our workmen as we’ll have completed the first ten days of work. Everything is still going very well and we hope soon to have a better understanding of the lay-out and dating of the temple building, which appears to be earlier than we had expected at the beginning of the season.