During this season, we will continue the excavations by the upper terrace where many fragments that belong to the walls of the chapels of the temple are located. This area needs to be excavated prior to the reconstruction of these walls.
Also, the work will continue at the northern part of the second courtyard, where great discoveries were made last season, with a number of structures from the Ramesside period located in an area in which would be the temple stores.
We will continue the excavations and restorations of the enclosure wall of the temple. Presently, we are working on the eastern and northern segments of the enclosure wall, hoping to get started on the western segment, which includes an area with high archaeological potential.
The excavations will also continue in tombs found under the temple, in fact and as we are writing this, we have just located a new tomb that will take the serial No. XIII.
Among the objectives for this season, we would like to resume the negotiations that would result in removing the houses that are located partly on the pylon by the entrance to the temple. If this area can be evicted, we would be able to open new and very extensive excavations of this area of high archaeological potential.
A geophysical study will be performed over the road area where the first courtyard of the temple is located, as well as the area in front of the pylon entrance, where the supposed harbor of the temple should be located, which is yet to be identified.
The documentation process of the enormous amount of material will continue updating the database. The team members have been increased for this season for members who exclusively to help on the documentation of thousands of stone fragments produced by excavations over the years. This is a fundamental phase as basis of any future research on our site.
Our restoration team will continue to perform the same restoration methodology on various features within the temple. We will also continue the pottery studies on the large amount of fragments from different periods. And finally, we will cast light upon the fragments of wooden objects and remains of tree roots found in different parts of the site to determine the types of trees used within this temple.