This is our final entry for the field school season. My family arrived Thursday night, and Will left this morning for England. We hope you've enjoyed our missives!
The first day back at work after a big field trip is also exhausting, but it was made a bit better by a treat of basbousa made by Rasha for breakfast, and a full chicken, rice, salad, and malakhaya “lunch” at 11 provided by Shaimaa in honor of her husband Ahmed receiving his Master’s Degree. It was also Mother’s Day and the students surprised me with a lovely ring! In the work, our students went back to research and drawing, but as we were expecting a visit from the Egyptian Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh el-Damaty, on Sunday, our day was cut a bit short due to preparations for readying the tomb for his visit. Fortunately, a visit by Keli Alberts to see the work of her former Inspectors/students Shaimaa and Peter was still able to happen. Afterwards Will and I had a light lunch with Keli, followed by a lovely Mother’s Day dinner at Hazem’s house.
|Peter, Will, Keli Alberts (Chicago House), and Shaimaa|
|Minister el-Damaty trying his hand at epigraphy|
|TT110 Field School with Minister el-Damaty|
|The Egyptian feast at Sayed's house|
|Rasha giving her report on TT69 of Menna|
|Abd el-Ghany receives his book following his evaluation|
|Will receiving his Djhuty statue from the students|
|Inspector Asmaa Abd el-Mahfouz, Shaimaa, Rasha|
|Dr. JJ, Hazem, Mr. Will, and Sayed|