As promised, some photos from the actual site. Just a couple though. Go here for a bunch of background. Here is the site overview from the location we’re working:
All mud brick architecture. This is the ‘granary’ which was excavated last year but we are finishing up a few bits at the start this year. Why do they think it’s a granary?
That’s a mud brick vaulted little granary room. It has some small steps going down into it.
This is where I started this morning:
Notice the line sloping down along to the left there. The lighter material above is partially disintegrated wall surface because it’s been open to the air for a year or so. The pit in the corner is where some looters dug down — in the last year or so — and threw up a bunch of sand and junk that yours truly had to dig through for the last couple of days. There is some apparently burned material at the bottom there. It’s actually been pretty miserable digging as it’s been a lot of light sand that blows all around and gets in eyes, ears, hair, etc. Plus there’s a ton of it and virtually no stratigraphy so all we did was fill basket after basket of sand and mud brick chunks and a few interesting little items. Which I don’t have photos of.
One last one:
Name’s Ploofty or Ploofy or something dumb (he’s got a very furry tail). He doesn’t hang out that much, usually for an hour in the morning but he gamely followed us all around one day last week. Friendly dog and in pretty good shape, for an Egyptian dog. The guards up near the museum probably feed him for his services guarding the place.