The last two weeks have been very intense and productive. Our team members excavated, recorded, reconstructed, sang and danced. All this was happening at the site of South Asasif and all these activities happen to be interconnected.
The excavation of the open court in the tomb of Karabasken has revealed new architectural features of the court as well as a number of important decorated fragments from the tomb of Karakhamun. Our conservators reinstated the fragments in their original places in the Second Pillared Hall and our team members celebrated our success with an exciting rock concert.
In more detail, it happened in the following sequence:
Nick Brown, Kerry Webb and Robyn Kealey are in the court of Karabasken bagging and recording small finds. During the last two weeks our skilful archaeologists (with the participation of Natalie Marquez) explored, recorded and disassembled a few partitions built in the court by the latest occupants of the tomb to realize that their building blocks originated in the tomb of Karakhamun. Moreover, two of them fit directly into our recent reconstructions.
A well-preserved fragment of the outer frame of the False door was a welcome addition to the Offering formula and joined directly with the fragment above. Our conservators carved a “pocket” in the new limestone and put it in the next day after it was found.
The legs of the statue of Osiris from the False door were another happy find. Previously found parts of the statue constituted the feet in situ, a torso and a crown. We calculated the length of the legs’ based on known contemporary examples and carved a support for the torso. Based on the calculations done by Katherine Blakeney the newly found part of the legs from the feet to the knees will demand some adjustments to the previous reconstruction. The original legs are slightly more elongated proportionally and display rather more rough carving than could be expected based on the sophistication of the torso. It seems that after the shape of the statue was coarsely carved out of bedrock only the upper part received final modelling treatment and the legs were left in a preliminary stage with rough chisel marks.
The installation of the new fragments on the False door was a cause for celebration by our conservation and excavation team.
In fact our multi-talented team members mark every success with a display of their artistic genius. Katherine Blakeney, Ali Hassan, Hassan Dimmerdash and Mohamed Abu Hakem celebrated the re-installation of the statue of Osiris with a spirited dance.
Peter Tolhurst praised the benefits of excavation in the tomb of Karabasken in a series of songs with his own lyrics. The exciting backup singer is Natalie Marquez.
While some mission members dance and sing others work extra hard. Taylor Woodcock and Katherine Piper are re-checking stone fragments registration databases although they look like miners. Mohamed Shebib and Said Mohamed Ahmed are sorting fragments from the Second Pillared hall of Karakhamun. (To be continued)