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Week 15 at TT 110

Week 15 at TT 110

Week 15 at TT 110

A line of limestone blocks, which might have once formed part of an ancient retaining wall above TT 110's original entrance. Photo: ARCE

It's the last week of field work, and the TT 110 school intends to make the most of it. While we didn't reach the ancient entrance and forecourt of the tomb, we made significant progress in getting there, and have amassed enough material and observations to explain how the many meters of debris atop the forecourt developed.

The school also made significant headway on excavating a long rectangular ramp into the main excavation square. Both of these efforts will leave ARCE in good shape to resume the work in the fall of 2013.

Our calculations show that we're very close to reaching the top of the forecourt's doorway, something that ARCE's conservation team working inside the tomb has confirmed; they can actually hear us digging down towards them while working in TT 110!

Field school staff, students, and workmen excavating the ramp into the main excavation square. Photo: ARCE

As if calculations and the sound of digging workmen weren't enough evidence that we're getting close, we've uncovered a line of limestone blocks that we believe runs directly above the tomb's doorway. These blocks might have formed part of an ancient retaining wall, which held back sand, rock, and debris from falling into the forecourt...but we'll only be able to confirm that next season. In addition to digging, this week saw the final push by ARCE's instructors to deliver those complimentary lectures that are vital to rounding out our students' knowledge. Although tired from the site work, heat, and dust, the students remained enthusiastic about their classroom time. This enthusiasm will serve them well during next week's final exam!

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