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A jackal-headed figure on the side of coffin [13438] excavated in 2011
Above: A canine-headed figure painted on the side of a wooden coffin excavated in 2011.

South Tombs Cemetery 2011

The 2011 season of excavations at the South Tombs Cemetery ran from 14 November – 28 December. The archaeological team comprised Anna Stevens, Julie Rogers, Trisha Drennan, Nabil Abd el-Latif Abd el-Hakam and, for part of the season, Barry Kemp. The SCA inspector was Mr Sayed Abd el-Mailk Abd el-Hamied, to whom we extend thanks for facilitating the work, along with the staff of the Minia and Mallawi SCA offices. Three junior SCA inspectors also joined the field team for one month of training in excavation techniques.

In 2011, the excavation season was undertaken not in Spring as usual, but in Autumn, due to the effects of the Egyptian revolution. The human remains from the 2011 excavations were processed in Spring 2012 and are discussed in the report ‘STC 2012 bioarchaeology’ below. The pdf ‘STC 2011 bioarchaeology’ reports on a study season undertaken in Spring 2011 when all of the skeletal material from previous seasons was re-examined, but no new bone was available for study.

The 2011 excavations focussed on the lower and wadi mouth sites, with no work undertaken at the upper site.

Above: Plan of the South Tombs Cemetery showing excavation areas. Map details supplied by Helen Fenwick..

Above: Plan of the South Tombs Cemetery showing excavation areas.
Map details supplied by Helen Fenwick.

Illustrated reports on the work are attached as pdf files:

STC 2011 bioarchaeology (Melissa Zabecki, Gretchen Dabbs and Taylor Montgomery)

STC 2012 bioarchaeology (Jerome C. Rose and Gretchen R. Dabbs)

STC 2011 excavations (Anna Stevens July 2012)

 
 

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