Third archaeological campaign 2010

The third consecutive campaign of archaeological investigations at the mortuary temple of Thutmosis III was carried out between October 2nd and December 17th 2010. The campaign was made possible by the continued support of CEPSA, with additional support from the Marcelino Botin Foundation, enabling the campaign to be prolonged. This led to a marked increase in the amount of work achieved by the joint Spanish-Egyptian team.

The team was reinforced this season by the addition of several members of the Department of Fine art and Archaeology at the University of Granada.  Several graduate students, specialising in Egyptology, Archaeology and Restoration, also joined the team in order to gain valuable field experience.

Restoration efforts continued on the enclosure wall, and the main ramp works were completed. Excavations in the area of the sanctuary dedicated to the god Amun continued, as did excavation of the sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Hathor.

One of the most interesting discoveries this season was a tomb with a corridor, shaft, and a sealed funerary chamber. Grave goods comprising a number of vessels and dishes were found inside the chamber.  The objects are in a good state of preservation, allowing the associated burial to be dated to the Second Intermediate Period.

Geophysical investigations were undertaken in the area of the Pylon, with the aim of locating a possible slipway.  The location of a harbour or slipway would help to determine the relationship of the temple to the waters of the Nile.

Documentation and epigraphic works continued on the thousands of decorated mural fragments belonging to the temple.  It is hoped that a large portion of them can be reconstructed. 

Fragments from a number of different statues were unearthed, as well as fragments belonging to several stela.