In addition to her
work on the massive town enclosure wall, the team began investigating
the mudbrick wall that surrounds the small limestone temple to Amon
built by Sheshonq I of Dynasty 22. Presumably the wall that still
stands today once served as a temenos wall for the temple, but it is
unclear whether this wall is contemporaneous with the temple structure
or whether in fact it dates to a later period. Since no stamped
mudbricks have been observed in the temenos wall, the date of this
structure remains unclear.
A small test trench was excavated at the
foot of the mudbrick temenos wall.
In future seasons,
the team hopes to continue their work with the mudbrick and mortar of
both the town wall and the Sheshonq Temple temenos wall. In addition,
they hope to expand their research to other mudbrick walls on the
tell. Perhaps their biggest problem will be which of the many
remaining walls to choose from!
A well deserved rest.
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