Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Neil Strudwick is just back from the Valley of the Kings and has kindly supplied a series of photos he took just a few days ago, of which this is the second set. I'll put them up in a series of posts so that no one post gets excessively long.

The photos don't look to be high res but if you click on them they will open up much bigger.

carrying rubble between KV7 and KV2

Central area excavation

PS There are more but afraid you'll have to wait until tomorrow as I want to watch The Apprentice/


Geoff Carter said...

That is an excellent view of the central excavation (bottom), it shows that there is sealed stratigraphy beneath the huts, currently inaccessible due to narrowness of the trench, the large sandbagged section to the right, made of sand and rock chippings could become unstable, it’s already a wee bit scary, - I would not want to be down there if it rained.

I think he will have to make his trench a lot bigger, extending west it towards KV62 Tutankhamun, which will probably mean closing that tomb, as well as KV9; the east side being already down to bedrock.

This will allow them to remove to huts, which as Carter found, may seal 18th dynasty material, if there are undiscovered tomb entrances in this part of the valley they are probably under this stratigraphy, because he took the rest of it down to bedrock. This material could seal entrances for a tomb(s) to the east under the rest area, or to the west, the ‘KV64’ anomaly is roughly to the right of the second set of walls in the picture above, probably under the batter of the section.

So I think he is going to have to dismantle the area around KV62 Tut and in front of KV 9 Ramesses VI next.

Dennis said...

Where is Steve Hydrology when you need him? Did you notice the much older surface in bottom photo center at the very bottom of the frame? To the right of the large rock is a darker arching surface. Below that arch are round rocks. Above it and further to the right are chips from ancient workman. Does that mean that there are no tombs below that ancient arch?
Is there a copy of Steve's work on line somewhere I can read it?

Geoff Carter said...

Good spot Dennis, if it is a buried ground surface it could represent ‘natural’ in this section, there is an absence of angular fragments and signs of soil formation. If I understand the situation, it should be cut by the Carter excavation trench somewhere to the right.


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