Thursday 23 December
Helen and I have not been alone together in Luxor for the remainder of such a season since some time in the 1980s. Our task is to continue with going though the objects, and of course keeping an eye out to make sure that we get the tomb in order before the end of the season.
One thing we have is a lot of fragments from a limestone stela, which is almost certainly that which was placed in the recess of the north wall of the front room of the tomb, although there is no name on it.
We do not really expect to find much in the way of joins, as the whole thing is so smashed up. There seems at this stage no point in copying anything but the largest fragments, but what we do decide to do is to take photos of all fragments at the lower resolution setting of the digital camera, so that we can try and make a rough reconstruction on the computer. The stela appears to have perhaps two registers of pictures at the top, perhaps showing Senneferi before the king, and another showing some members of his family. We need to do more work checking parallels so that we have a better idea of what is possible.
We also tidy away the conservation equipment, and take a look at the glass bracelets. Those which we have come from the Coptic and Islamic periods, and are of several types. Helen and I also spend an hour or so in the shafts at the back of the tomb which are open (A and B), checking what is down there. This is because we expect shaft covers for them to arrive on Sunday.