I have been working for the last 2 weeks in Egypt as the field conservator for the Penn excavations in South Abydos (led by Dr. Josef Wegner). I am here primarily to work on the painted decoration in the burial chamber of King Senebkay. It has been a fantastic experience so far, but our remote location, busy work schedule, and intermittent wifi connection has made it challenging to provide real-time updates. There has been so much going on, so instead of writing one long post, I’m going to break it up a bit and start out by posting some photos from my first week in the field. I’ll follow up with more pictures and information soon, but for the moment, enjoy the photos!
Sunrise on site
First tea of the morning (quickly followed by more and more tea)
View of the site, with King Senebkay’s burial chamber in the foreground covered with a temporary shelter
Egyptian conservation inspector working in King Senebkay’s burial chamber
Some of my conservation supplies for the day
Site bathroom (so fancy! brought out just for me, the only woman working on site)
Dr. Kevin Cahail standing inside a recently-excavated building
A view from inside the dighouse
Kevin working in the pottery yard at the dighouse
More soon, I promise.
Yes, that’s right, I’m going to Egypt and I’m leaving tonight.
My bag is mostly packed; in there somewhere are a bunch of conservation supplies.
I have the great fortune to be joining the Penn excavations in South Abydos for a couple weeks to carry out conservation work on some of the recent finds. The team is led by Dr. Josef Wegner, Egyptian Section Associate Curator at the Penn Museum. This will be my first visit to Egypt, but not my first time working on an excavation (nor will it be my first time working in a desert in the winter!). I’m really excited for this opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing in person the sites and finds that I’ve heard so much about over the last 3 years since beginning my job In the Artifact Lab. I’m not sure what kind of updates I’ll be able to provide from the field, but I’ll certainly be posting about my experience once I return in mid-January. Since I’m not there yet, I don’t have any photos to share, but if you want to see some images of the site and read about a graduate student’s recent experience there, check out this blog post on the museum blog for a taste of what I’ll be doing/seeing.