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Excavations underway at the Lower Site at the South Tombs Cemetery in 2013
Above: Excavations underway at the Lower Site at the South Tombs Cemetery in 2013.

South Tombs Cemetery 2013

The 2013 season of excavations at the South Tombs Cemetery ran from 30 March until 1 May. The excavation team comprised Anna Stevens, Amelie Deblauwe, Delphine Driaux, Ashley Hayes, Conni Lord, Megan Paqua, Melanie Pitkin, Mary Shepperson and Reinert Skumsnes. Conservators Julie Dawson, Jennifer Marchant and Flavia Ravaioli worked mainly in the Dig House on the decorated wooden coffins excavated at the site in previous seasons. The Supreme Council of Antiquities Inspector was Ms Shimaa Sobhy Omar, to whom we extend many thanks, along with the staff of the Minia and Mallawi SCA offices.

Our main aim was to increase the sample of human skeletons, ideally to the overall project target of 400 individuals. Further excavations were undertaken at the Upper Site, and at the Wadi Mouth Site, where a number of burials had been identified late in the 2012 season and left uncleared. A new excavation site, the Middle Site, was opened in the large expanse of ground that had remained unexplored between the Upper and Lower Sites, to gain a further sample of skeletons here and again test for variation in burial practice. In the last couple of weeks of the season, a few test squares were also opened along the south-west edge of the cemetery, to check for its limits.

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. Click to open PDF.

Illustrated reports on the work are attached as pdf files:

STC 2013 excavations (A. Stevens, M. Shepperson, M. Pitkin, J. Dawson, J. Marchant and F. Ravaioli)

STC 2013 bioarchaeology (Gretchen R. Dabbs and Heidi S. Davis)

 
 

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