Stamped Mudbricks at Tell El Hibeh
Contributed by Ms. Ginger Emery
Dr. Maury Morgenstein and Ginger Emery search
the city wall for stamped mudbricks.
During the 2004 season at El Hibeh, under the direction of
Dr. Maury Morgenstein, the geoarchaeological team started a detailed
study of the unbaked mudbricks and mortar that make up El Hibeh’s
massive town wall. This wall is usually dated to the 21st
Dynasty (Third Intermediate Period). Its construction traditionally
has been attributed to Theban High Priests of Amun Pinudjem I
(1070-1032 B.C.) and Menkheperre (1035-986 B.C.) based on the presence
of bricks in the wall with stamp impressions containing the names of
these two rulers.
Mudbrick with stamp still in place in the
city wall of El Hibeh.
In recent years these stamped bricks had been discovered only
in the southeastern portion of the town wall, although early
publications do record the existence of stamped bricks at the northern
end of the site. Since these stamped bricks provide an absolute date
for the wall’s construction, a more detailed study of that wall
promised to be beneficial to our understanding of the planning,
construction, and development of the site.
Satellite image of the tell with the
locations of stamped mudbricks marked in red.