The ninth archaeological and Egyptological investigations season at the Temple and the Middle Kingdom necropolis begun on October 4, 2016. During previous interventions, numerous archaeological materials have been discovered, whose study is contributing to a better understanding of various life aspects of the ancient city of Thebes. From a historical point of view, the site has produced structures and objects so far, that from various periods: XIth dynasty modest tombs, XIIth dynasty nobles’ tombs, the XVIIIth dynasty temple and a priest’s house of the XIXth dynasty. The archaeological richness for each of these periods is providing interesting information.
The main objectives of this field season will focus on the following points:
• Continuation of the excavation and restoration of the enclosure wall west of the temple, with the aim to complete the investigations of the walls and achieve a historical assessment through preserved mudbrick stamp seals.
• Continuation of the excavations on the upper terrace of the temple to be able to expose and preserve the whole area. It also intended to progress in the architectural study of the foundations and stone structures that is still in place, with the aim to design its musealization. This phase of the project will involve several seasons of work, the ultimate goal is to have the plan of the temple clearly marked in the ground.
• Continuation of the excavations of the necropolis of the XIth dynasty located on a rocky promontory outside the enclosure wall north to complete the works initiated there.
• Excavation of new tombs located under the temple, where a team will work on the excavation of tomb number XXI, discovered at the end of 2015 season.
• Resuming of the task of documenting the large amount of material found throughout previous seasons to progress on the database updating. Further, there are two doctoral theses in progress focused on the study of New Kingdom materials from the site.
• Continuation of the work of restoration of mudbrick structures.
• Continuation of the study of the vast amount of pottery from different periods found in different sections of the site.
Depending on the findings, the objectives will also include a preliminary study of human remains that might be found in the course of the season.