Tuesday 16th September 2014
By Hatem and Jo
It is always hard to finish up a season and leave the site, but the time has come to pack up and lock up until next spring 2015. Having spent every day but Friday here for 43 days, it will be strange not to be coming back to work with the team!
The backfilling went very well - this time we used sacks filled with sand enitrely - rather than putting sand directly into the trenches, and structures. One of the main reasons for this is that it will make it much easier to remove sand bags if a specific part of any of the structures needs to be investigated in the future.
On Tuesday morning we headed to Quesna and the day was divided between checking the final backill of the mastaba and also re-organising the workrooms and taken final photographs and fill in final recording forms. Boxes were moved from our temporary to permanent workrooms and everything was complete by late afternoon! Today followed several days of report writing, registering finds and the printing and copying of reports for the end of the season - to be followed by the final report after the end of the spring season, the end of our year’s work.
Thanks to Dr. Jo and her team, Rais Omar and his team, my MSCA friends and securities and thanks to have chance to write in Tumblr and for reading our updates and we look forward to being back again soon.
The season has been very successful and very full! We succeeded in completing the excavations in the mastaba tomb and further investigations in the falcon necropolis - with exciting results to come as the post-excavation work continues in the coming months from photographic records, and from the assessment of our finds and contexts sheets.
We locked up at the end of the day today and the guards, as ever, came to help and this now very familiar ceremony was recorded photographically as ever!!
It remains to say a huge thank you to Emad Shayib, head of the Minufiyeh office in Tanta, to Hatem our inspector who as been fully involved in our work, and of course to the team - Tass, Sebastian, Alex, Katherine, Stephanie and Reis Omer, Ramadan and Am Yasseen who have been invaluable … again! Many thanks to the EES for supporting our season and Jo is looking forward to being able to reveal the results in lectures and publications early next summer!!
Am Yasseen ready to emerge from one of the final contexts!
For now - over to Imbaba Province for survey!