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Amara West excavations 2013: the past from above

Amara West excavations 2013: the past from above | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Neal Spencer, British Museum 

 

After a test flight over Ernetta and our dig house, Susie Green – working with us to create three-dimensional visualisations of the town’s architecture – flew her photographic kite over the Ramesside town, occupied between 1290 and around 1000 BC, at Amara West on Sunday. The brisk breeze – Beaufort scale 2-3 according to our trusted weather forecast – and crisp morning light made it a perfect day.


http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2013/02/12/amara-west-excavations-2013-the-past-from-above/

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Amara West 2013: a chamber tomb discovered

Amara West 2013: a chamber tomb discovered | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By Michaela Binder, Durham University

 

The first week of digging in the cemeteries is over with some interesting discoveries to report. Most importantly, our hopes for G243 have been fulfilled.


 

After a day of removing windblown sand from the narrow (50 cm wide) shaft, the workmen revealed two doorways, providing access to an eastern and a western burial chamber.

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These chambers were never filled after burial of the people inside; the doors were only blocked with large stones and mud plaster.

Unfortunately, we found both doors partly broken open by grave robbers – something that occurred in almost all the graves at Amara West. The opening allowed windblown sand to enter the chambers, piling up behind the entrance but not filling up the entire chambers.

Nevertheless, when first peeking into the eastern chamber of the tomb, at least seven skulls stared at us in the light of the torch.

We could also see a large amount of wooden remains, possibly remnants of coffins or burial beds, and two intact vessels.

 

More : http://blog.amarawest.britishmuseum.org/2013/01/11/amara-west-2013-a-chamber-tomb-discovered/

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