Ginger Emery, a
graduate student from the University of Chicago began with a detailed
examination of a column of mudbrick found on the exposed exterior face
of the relatively well-preserved portion of the town wall located on
the eastern side of the southern end of the tell. She studied the
bricks and mortar in the column, took and evaluated small samples of
both types of material, and developed a form for recording all
subsequent observations and analyses.
Locating stamps requires a careful
examination of each brick in the wall.
with this focused examination of the bricks and mortar of one
particular area, she and Dr. Morgenstein searched for stamped
mudbricks along the entire length of the preserved town wall. They
discovered additional mudbricks bearing the stamps of both Pinudjem I
and Menkheperre along the eastern and northern boundaries of the tell,
thereby confirming the earlier published reports of the existence of
stamped bricks at the north end of the site as well as establishing
the probable extent of the town wall during the Third Intermediate
Period. These stamped bricks, found mostly in locally disturbed
contexts, were also recorded and sampled using the same techniques and
recording forms as those used for the in situ mudbrick column at the
southern end of the tell.
Dr. Morgenstein and Ms. Emery searching
through thousands of mudbricks.
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