Statue, chapels and animal mummies found in Egypt
|This rare example of a royal statue made of wood may represent the female pharaoh Hatshepsut [Credit: Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner]|
|Intact offering chapel of the Middle Kingdom (ca. 1850 BC) left standing among structures built 400 - 800 years later [Credit: Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner]|
|The remains of least 83 individual dogs, ranging from puppies to adults, were recovered from the deposit in the monumental building [Credit: Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner]|
|Traces of mud-plaster and whitewash still survive on the massive mudbrick walls of a monumental building, perhaps a temple or royal offering chapel of the Ramesside period, ca. 1250 BC [Credit: Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner]|
|These funerary figurines found in a tomb built after the monumental building provide the name and titles of the tomb owner and were meant to do his work for him in the afterlife [Credit: Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner]|
The dig was conducted in Egypt in June and July 2011. It was supported by a research grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation of Anthropological Research with photo and survey equipment provided by U of T’s Archaeology Centre. Wegner's team included Ayman Damarany, Barakat ‘Eid Ahmed and Mahmoud Mohamed of the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, archaeological illustrator Tamara Bower and U of T graduate students Meredith Brand, Amber Hutchinson, Christina Geisen and Janet Khuu.
Author: Jessica Lewis | Source: University of Toronto [March 12, 2012]