Our conservators opened the protective gate to the tomb of Karakhamun (TT 223), which we installed last year. We started removing fabric and plywood from the pillars, when something unexpected happened…
Mohamed Shebib found a nest with two baby birds hidden in the folds of the fabric. Katherine Blakeney was delighted and called it a good omen for the season. The birds looked tiny and helpless. However, only a few days later, one of them is already starting to show excellent fighting skills and trying to bite anybody who gets close to the nest.
When the conservation materials arrived we were pleasantly surprised to recognize the driver as Mahmoud, one of the sons of Ahmed Mahmoud Abd El Rassul, one of the last “owners” of the tombs of the South Asasif necropolis. It brought back a lot of memories from 2005 when were only looking for “lost tombs” in this area. It took us some time to earn the friendship of Ahmed Mahmoud. When it finally happened we were blessed to be greeted with glasses of hot buffalo milk with at least four lumps of sugar in each. It was tremendously refreshing.
Conservation and reconstruction work in the tomb of Karakhamun is continuing in the 2nd Pillared Hall. Katherine Blakeney and Abdelrazik Mohamed Ali are marking the newly-rebuilt South Wall with grid lines to reconstruct the figure of Karakhamun.
All our activities are supervised by the most important member of the team, Reis Mohamed Ali.
In the midst of all this bustle, Erhart Graefe has created his own secluded office space and is already hard at work.
We are looking forward to a productive and successful season.