Blog Post 5
The past three weeks we were very busy working on a number of projects.
Salima Ikram came to work on the animal bone deposit in the tomb of Karabasken. Her time at the site, although short, was extremely productive. We all learned a lot trying to assist Salima as best we could. Salima is sorting bones in the tomb of Irtieru assisted by her student Nick Brown.
We have completed the conservation of the vestibule in the tomb of Karakhamun. Katherine Blakeney is taking final photography of the ceiling.
The arrival of Joy Stamp and Jane Golding revived the ceiling project. With thousands of painted ceiling fragments found on the floor of the collapsed tomb of Karakhamun reconstruction is not an easy task. Numerous patterns and their variations – seventeen in total – were identified so far. The geometric and floral designs are painted red, blue, yellow, white and black.
It seems that the ceilings of the spacious rooms of the tomb were divided into segments featuring different patterns. The newly finished tomb looked extremely festive despite some unfinished and unpainted areas. Trying to create more space for their installations Joy and Jane purchased wood from the friendly owner of a wood workshop and ordered platforms, which they placed on top of the shafts in the tomb of Karakhamun.
These new surfaces immediately became covered with beautiful designs.
The big news in the tomb of Karabasken are the entrance steps to the tomb. The steps are getting stronger and stronger as they go down. It seems that Karabasken had an impressive entrance area with an elegant staircase. Nick Brown and Katherine Piper are taking measurements in the trench.
All the finds from the field go to John Billman who takes great care of them.
The Second Pillared Hall in the tomb of Karakhamun keeps growing. The North West corner is shaping up and soon will be able to receive its decoration consisting of the texts of BD 48 and 49 on the west wall and an offering scene on the north wall of the hall.
Meanwhile, the conservators are working on the vignette of BD 15 in the south west corner.
Not only tomb walls grow in South Asasif. The Project has adopted these adorable ginger twins. We see them as a good omen and hope to see them grow and prosper.
The last day before the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan was very special. Our team was happy to have the chance to give a holiday present to everyone at the site.
The workmen of the Project were in a true festive spirit.
RAMADAN KAREEM to all our Egyptian friends and colleagues!