Thursday 16 December
Julie is the antiquities conservator in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and has been working in TT99 since 1993. She started out working on consolidating and cleaning the walls, and has also done a lot of work on the objects. Her main job this year is to conserve and mount the fragile linen fragments of the funeral shroud of Senneferi discovered last year. More on this another day...
Here is a photo of a box of the papyrus fragments which Bridget is having to deal with. They are mostly small, although when they are humidified and straightened out it does appear that there are a number which are bigger than perhaps we thought. The papyrus is very light, and thinner than many of the well-known papyri in the BM. Presumably fineness of material is something of an indicator of quality?
There is no certain evidence for there being certainly more than one papyrus, but a number of fragments are lighter in colour and seem to be in a slightly different hand. A name has yet to be found on these fragments, which might of course solve the problem.
Outside in the court, Gillian is drawing pots, and Helen and I begin to work on the objects. Helen continues a process started in 1996 of putting together a number of faience vessels, probably of the Third Intermediate Period. I work on some alabaster jars from the Senneferi burial; it appears he had two, probably oil jars, one of which at least bore his name (see last year, page on canopics). I hope to add a proper picture of this later. During the day Helen received an unusual visitor as the picture shows.