Tenth Archaeological Campaign 2017

Goals

This tenth field season contributes in substantial amount of new material to Egyptian archaeology. Therefore, new and unpublished data that enable us to better understand a historical phase that was one of the turning points of the history of Ancient Egypt: the reign of Thutmosis III. Not to mention the new data from the Ramesside Period structure, as well as the data from the necropolis, which contains niches that dates to the XIth Dynasty, and other dates to the XIIth Dynasty, which contained the bodies of noble families as well as an architectural complex of late period burials that possibly correspond to the XXVth and XXVIth Dynasties.

In this regards, our main objectives are:
• To continue the excavation and restoration works on the west enclosure wall with the object of completing the studies on walls and carrying out a historical assessment based on various stamped seals found on mudbricks of the walls.
• To continue the excavations of the high terrace to move forward with the assessment of the whole zone.
• To resume excavations of the XIth Dynasty necropolis, located outside of the northeast corner of the enclosure wall, as well as the Late Period necropolis located outside of the northwest corner of the enclosure wall, to complete the studies already initiated in the previous season.
• To continue with the study of mummies and human remains found in tombs.
• To restore the Cartonnage discovered last season, as well as a series of objects found in tombs.
• To continue with the retrieval of architectural features and to protect them with mudbricks.
• To apply 3D technology to be able to complete a modern view of the temple and necropolis.
• To continue with topographic research.

2017 campaign is our project’s tenth field season, which is contributing in substantial amount of new material to Egyptian archaeology. Therefore, new and unpublished data that enable us to better understand a historical phase that was one of the turning points of the history of Ancient Egypt: the reign of Thutmosis III. Not to mention the new data from the Ramesside Period as well as the data from the necropolis, which contains niches dates to the 11th Dynasty, and another one, dates to the 12th Dynasty, which contained the bodies of noble families as well as an architectural complex of late period burials, which, tentatively, may correspond to the 25th and 26th dynasties.

In view of this, our main objectives are:

  • To continue the excavation and restoration works on the west enclosure wall with the object of completing the studies on the walls and carrying out a historical assessment based on the various stamped seals on the mudbricks of the walls.
  • To continue the excavations of the high terrace to move forward with the assessment of the whole zone.
  • To continue with the excavations of the 11th Dynasty necropolis, located outside of the northeast corner of the outer wall, as well as the Late Period necropolis located outside of the northwest corner of the outer wall, to complete the studies already initiated in the previous season.
  • To continue with the study of mummies and human remains found in tombs.
  • To restore the Cartonnage discovered last year as well as a series of objects found in the tombs.
  • To continue with the retrieval of architectural features and to protect them with mudbricks.
  • To apply 3D technology in order to complete a modern view of the temple and necropolis.
  • To continue with topographic research.

ContratacionObrerosPrimerDia02

ElaboracionAdobes02

EntradaTumba26

EntradaZonaHathor

LimpiezaPilono02

NecropolisDinastiaXI 02

PromontorioDinastiaXI

Canteros