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Most Recent Developments

Most Recent Developments

Updated: March 2015

In March 2015 the ARCE Archaeological and Conservation Project in Luxor discovered the entrance to two previously unknown tombs while clearing the courtyard associated with the tomb of Djehuty (TT10). Read more >>

 

 

 

Updated: August 2014

ARCE teams work to record an unexpected find of coffins during archaeological clearance at TT 110. Photo: Kathleen Scott

This season much progress was made excavating the tomb of Djheuty. (See ARCE Conservation 2014.) Capitalizing on work done last season by an archaeological field school, the original entrance to the tomb was cleared and opened. This work revealed never-before-seen architectural elements vital to our understanding of the tomb, including inscriptions on the facade and the remains of a stelophorous statue within a niche of the facade. In addition, the excavation in front of the entrance revealed several phases of the forecourt’s reuse, and may contain original ancient architecture. Work within the area of the original forecourt also revealed an intact Late Period burial which most likely forms part of a larger series of burials. Within the tomb, ARCE’s archaeologists cleared the burial shaft, and partially cleared portions of the burial chambers. Both the continued excavation of the forecourt and the burial chambers need to be completed at a later date. A preliminary publication of work done this season, along with the results of an analysis of the osteological material recovered from the excavation of TT 110’s pillared hall in 2011, will proceed in the near future.

The ARCE team digging in the forecourt. Photo: ARCE.

Updated: February 2014

ARCE's excavation in the forecourt of Theban Tomb 110 (see the Bulletin no. 203, Fall 2013), the tomb of Dejhuty, resumed in the last week of November 2013. For the past two months, meters of debris were removed containing a mixture of modern and ancient material. Two weeks ago, ARCE reached the top of the tomb’s ancient stone façade. Last season a line of limestone blocks were found several meters above the estimated entrance to the tomb. We hypothesized that these blocks once formed the top of a large retaining wall, built above the tomb's entrance to support the hillside in which the tomb is carved.

A view down into the forecourt with a line of limestone blocks, the remains of a mud brick wall atop the stone façade, and a mud brick wall perpendicular to the façade. Photo: ARCE.

This hypothesis is now supported by the discovery of brickwork immediately above the tomb's facade; possibly the remains of an ancient brick wall once capped by the limestone blocks found last season. Other brick architecture was found in the northern limit of the forecourt, suggesting there are more ancient brick structures to be found. With the excavation now at the level of the tomb entrance's lintel, hieroglyphs of Tuthmosis III's name and titles have been uncovered. In addition, the excavators found a niche in the façade that once contained a statue, possibly of a kneeling Djehuty holding a stela. All of these discoveries, coupled with the promise of more from the never-before-excavated forecourt, have left us very excited. As this work continues, ARCE members will, of course, be the first to know the results.

Part of the tomb entrance's lintel, with one of the names and titles of Tuthmosis III. Photo: ARCE.   

A niche within the facade, containing the remains of a statue. Photo: ARCE.

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