Excavation Diary

The opening...

The opening...

Author: Mila e Irene/28 November 2013/Categories: Diario di scavo

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In these desert mountains, our archaeological adventure begins... Before starting this journal, we would like to thank all those who handled all the documentation in the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) in Cairo and have supported this project, and our Egyptian colleagues. 

In Luxor we have been received with enthusiasm and we have to thank Dr Abd el Hakim Carrar (General Director of Antiquities of Upper Egypt) and Dr Mohammed Abd el Aziz (Director of Gourna Area), who both speeded up the procedures so that we could open the tomb immediately. 

There are no words to describe the emotion of the whole team while opening the tomb. After spending most of the morning in the Taftish (Inspectorate of the West Bank of Luxor) and having met our inspector Sayed, we headed immediately to the house of the Gafir (the guardian of the tomb) to greet him and meet the responsible of the area and other Egyptian colleagues who work in the nearby tombs. 

Around noon "the opening of the tomb" took place, after removing all the blocks that hindered the entrance. Initially, the door resisted a bit, but finally we were able to cross the threshold and take our first steps inside with a lot of excitement and joy. 

We spent the next two hours inspecting the two tombs, learning about their structure, examining the state of conservation of the scenes and exchanging opinions. Our feeling was admiration towards this "sacred space" that from now on will be an important part of our lives. We really enjoyed seeing how the team shared our desire to start the work immediately. We are blessed to have such a great team.


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