As I see Andie is doing a smashing job with the posting, I shall only butt in quick to provide an update, sadly no photos today though.
First day out at the site doing actual work! The schedule for the next 5 weeks or so is: up at 4:30, shave, wash, breakfast at 5, leave for site at 5:30 (that might get pushed back as the days grow shorter). Work until around 9:30, then second (larger) breakfast, then work until around 2.
Today we cleared the area around some structures — a granary area — that was excavated last year, but needs some more work. We scraped off the mud brick walls to outline the individual bricks again and then did a scale drawing of it — they’d made a drawing last year, but it wasn’t tied in to the survey grid, therefore. ..well, not useless, but it had to be done over. I did some drawing but was then pulled away to supervise the clearing of another room of accumulated sand, which was incredibly messy. Why? Because it’s all wind-blown (aeolian) material, so it was very fine sand and dust that kicked up (and it was windy today) and made it kind of miserable. And it was very warm today. Hot, difficult work.
Most of the people went to Cairo for the “weekend” (tonight and Friday) but I stayed here, owing that I don’t really have anything to do, although I could grab a couple of items. But I didn’t want to drive all that way and come back late Friday night. So, eh, I’ll just chill tomorrow, except for a couple of camp-related tasks and a walk up to the road to hopefully score some Pepsi Light. . . . .