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A jackal-headed figure on the side of coffin [13438] excavated in 2011
Above: Excavations underway at the Lower Site at the South Tombs Cemetery in late 2012.

South Tombs Cemetery 2012

The 2012 season of excavations at the South Tombs Cemetery ran from 28 October until 20 December. The excavation team comprised Anna Stevens, Delphine Driaux, Emma Gonzales Gil, Slawomir Jedraszek, Melinda King (area supervisor), Johanna Petkov, Melanie Pitkin, Mary Shepperson (area supervisor) and Reinert Skumsnes.

Conservators Julie Dawson and Lucy Skinner worked both on site and in the dig house on artefacts from the excavations, especially coffins, and Andy Boyce produced line drawings of artefacts in preparation for publication.

Professor Jerry Rose, who heads the study of the human remains from the site, also joined the excavations. The Supreme Council of Antiquities inspectors were Mr Mazhar Khalifa Mohammed (excavations), Mr Hamada Abdel Azim (magazine) and Mr Salama Nagi Mohammed (magazine), to whom we extend many thanks, along with the staff of the Minia and Mallawi SCA offices.

The excavations focused upon the Lower and Wadi Mouth Sites. A new area was opened at the very far end of the wadi, the Wadi End Site, to test for variation in burial practice here. A little work was also undertaken at the Upper Site, excavating graves identified but left unexcavated in the 2010 season.

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 2012 excavations (Anna Stevens, Mary Shepperson, Julie Dawson and Lucy Skinner)

 
 

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