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Leiden University and Leiden Museum excavating in Saqqara

 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:11 pm    Post subject: Leiden University and Leiden Museum excavating in Saqqara Reply with quote

Leiden University and Leiden Museum are excavating in Saqqara now (Jan 2005 - Feb 2005).
You can look at their digging diary for 2005.
They will post a diary on the web on Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3.
I like reading about their excavations as they are taking place in the field.

The rest of their wonderful website can be found here:
http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/saqqara/homepage.htm

I had no idea that they sometimes built structures over tombs to help in the excavations! Any of you heard of this before?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should add as a general setting:
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Digging Diary 2005:

This season will mainly be a study season, during which the remaining reliefs and paintings of the tomb of Meryneith will be copied and the study of skeletal remains and pottery from previous seasons will also be continued. In addition to this work, some small scale excavation around Horemheb's pylon will take place. If possible the team will also start work on some of the shafts in this area.
The team starts work on the 26th of January and will work on until March 3rd.


They have a special page on Meryneith/Meryre.
On this page they have maps of the superstructure, and they mention all kinds of other interesting info.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read their latest post. It seems that they are not finding too many new things. They did find that the tomb of Tia and Tia (sister and brother-in-law of Ramses the Great) does have a forecourt. Maybe they will find more inscriptions?

They mention that they re-opened Meryneith’s shaft again and went down into the dusty underground which now serves as a storage space for skeletal material. The inspection of the tomb’s substructure led to new theories on the original layout of the Second Dynasty royal tomb which was located here before Meryneith appropriated the shaft.

First of all interesting how the tomb is used for storage Smile But that's often done I believe.

I had heard before that there was a 2nd dynasty royal tomb there as well. I will have to look again if they have any idea who was buried there. I think not.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love that photo in the site for "The Tomb of Meryneith/re." It must have been a fabulous tomb when it was in one piece. I wonder what that large stela says to the left of the entrance? I imagine, with the standing columns, the central area of the tomb was open to the sky and the areas along the walls were roofed over. Do you have any idea what that rectangular depression is right in the center of the colonnade? Much too large to be the burial shaft.

I've read how even in ancient times, at least in the Valley of the Kings, tomb workers accidentally would on occasion tunnel into an older, forgotten tomb in the excavation of a new one, and would use the older tomb for all-purpose storage.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About the stela one of the pages says:
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The south wing is provided with a round-topped stela belonging to a ‘first prophet of the moon’ Hatiay. Only the undecorated base survives of its pendant against the north wing. Both stelae stand on a 0.9 m wide strip of pavement in front of the tomb.


Nice to see a stela in situ. I can't remember ever seeing it in its original position.

This site has a description of the superstructure.

Not sure what that rectangular depression is right in the center of the colonnade. From the plan it seems to just be paved by particularly large pavement stones?

I can't quite figure out where the burial shaft is located.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This article is written in Dutch, but it has some really great photographs from the excavation of Meryre/Meryneith's tomb.

http://www.museumkennis.nl/lp.rmo/museumkennis/i000381.html

There are pictures of the double statue of Meryneith and his wife Innuia appearing from the sand, as well as some pictures of the tomb-chapel as it is being excavated.

They compare rather nicely with the pictures from the saqqara.online site I mentioned above. There is a picture of the complex when the surrounding area is also somewhat cleared.

I enjoyed seeing this to just see how excavations progress Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a second dynasty royal tomb under this tomb by Meryre.

This is now apparently thought to be the tomb of a second dynasty (possibly unknown?) King.

For more info:
http://xoomer.virgilio.it/francescoraf/hesyra/New2nd-dynasty-tomb.htm
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