Saturday, February 27, 2010

What we found in the dump


Thanks to Vincent Brown's Twitter feed for this link, which is part of the Malqata website. Malqata was established by Amenhotep III as a palace on the west bank of the Nile. A full description of the site is available on the above website. Here's an extract from a recent post discussing the excavations at the palace.

Two days ago we decided that one more area we wanted to explore this season, in order to get a better feel for the extent of the village, was a short row of bricks visible west of the “Lower Village.” The Lower Village is what I call a group of what are probably houses at the base of the desert terrace, the area we first began to excavate three weeks ago. As soon as we started to clear the brick (a good thing we did because there is only a partial course of foundation bricks left), we found several pits. We cleaned out the smaller one, away from the wall, to see what kind of material was being dumped there.

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