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Three steatite beads in the shape of hippopotami recovered from a disturbed burial at the South Tombs Cemetery upper site in 2010
Above: Three steatite beads in the shape of hippopotami recovered from a disturbed burial at the South Tombs Cemetery (upper site) in 2010. Objects 39933 (i)–(iii)

South Tombs Cemetery 2010

The fifth season of excavation at the South Tombs Cemetery ran from 18 February to 5 April 2010. Work continued at the ‘upper’ and ‘lower’ sites, and a new excavation area was opened towards the mouth of the wadi in which the cemetery lies, with the aim of determining the western limit of the burials here (see map below).

Mary Shepperson supervised excavations at the upper site, assisted by Emily Stewart. At the lower site, the work was undertaken by Anna Stevens with the assistance of Virginia Landoni, whilst Melinda King Wetzel supervised the excavations at the wadi mouth site, assisted by Joe Lewis. The processing of the skeletal material was conducted from May 14 to June 9 2010. The analysis was directed by Professor Jerry Rose, Dr Melissa Zabecki, Dr Dolores Burke and Robert Taylor Montgomery, helped by an osteology team from the University of Arkansas. The SCA inspectors were Mr Hassan Omar Ali, Mr Atta Makramallah Mikhail and Mr Ahmed Fathy.

Plan of the South Tombs Cemetery showing excavation areas.

Above: Plan of the South Tombs Cemetery showing excavation areas. Map details supplied by Helen Fenwick. (View PDF of plan)

Five illustrated reports are attached as pdf files:

STC upper site 2010 (Mary Shepperson)

STC lower site 2010 (Anna Stevens)

STC wadi mouth 2010 (Melinda King Wetzel)

STC 2010 objects (Barry Kemp and Anna Stevens)

STC 2010 bioarchaeology (Melissa Zabecki and Jerry Rose)

 
 

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