Fourth archaeological campaign 2011

Since the beginning of the excavations in 2008, the Mortuary Temple of Thutmosis III has generated a large amount of material, which has implied the involvement of additional specialists from diverse fields. For this fourth season, the focus was on the following objectives:


- Excavations at the Peristyle hall sectors, the East and South sections of the enclosure wall, the entrance and ramp of the area identified by Ricke as the Hathor chapel and the area of the Pylon.

- Continuation of restoration works on the East and South sections of the enclosure wall, as well as the entrance to the chapel of Hathor. Protection of the mudbricks from the Pylon.

- Geo-physical surveys of the area in front of the Pylon, and various sectors within the temple, taking into account that four tombs have been located underneath the temple.

- Continue the study on large limestone blocks containing inscriptions and reliefs.

- Continuing documentations of thousands of sandstone fragments, of diverse sizes and in various states of preservation, baring parts of reliefs or inscriptions.
After the notable success of the first field school, directed by professors from the University of Granada, two other courses have been programmed on geo-physical surveying and archaeological drawing techniques.

A team of geologists from the Department of Building and Material Laboratory of the Technical Architecture Faculty at the Polytechnic University in Cataluña will carry out an investigation targeting determination of materials, a geological survey of the ground on which the temple was built, and to detect any possible seismic activity that occurred in the past in which may have led to the collapse of the temple. Specialists from the Topography School of the same university will carry out an orthophoto of the structures.

 

Field School

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