Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

I have a photo but in the current climate I am not sure I dare post it.  I've agonised over it for 10 days now.  I think it was legal to take it - just not to publish it.  So thanks to Stewart.

But like court reporting, there's nothing stopping me from describing it.  The photo was taken in the Western Valley of the Kings in early January. 

There is a a square excavation about 12' x 12' dug up against the cliffs at the side of the path just beside the pile of rubble from last year's excavation.  There was a short wooden ladder down, but the pit was only about 3' deep.  It had all the look of an excavation that was focused on a specific target rather than clearing large areas of ground as we saw last year.  I speculate it is digging a radar anomaly.

The first interesting thing is that stretching alongside the put down the side of the cliff is one of those concrete finds "trays" we have seen before and which are usally only put in when finds are expected from an excavation.  Unfortunately that obscures the face of the excavation in shot which is really frustrating.  What makes it really interesting is that sat in the finds tray are what look for all the world to be about 20 mud bricks. It's possible they are say there to shore up the excavation but at only 3' deep it shouldn't need it.

Stewart said that there was another excavation in the Western Valley they they were very unhappy about him going anywhere near.


Anonymous said...

This new world of Egyptian law regarding the limits on photos etc opens the door to levels of the absurd. Suppose my minor child takes photos of banned items on a trip to Egypt and posts them on the minor's web page that I do not control or have any knowledge about? Am I as the parent now subject to the rigors of the Egyptian police and Interpol? Will Egypt make my minor child a criminal and try to prosecute the child? I think it is possible some child will do this to push the issue. Could you imagine the publicity!

rymerster said...

I doubt that Egypt would have the power to prosecute across borders once someone had left the country for taking photographs unless there were an issue of national security (as with the guy who hacked into the US looking for photos of UFO's).

However Kate, you are right to be cautious as internet service providers can be quite harsh if contacted by an official body - I speak from personal experience following a brush with the BPI a number of years ago.


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