Happy New Year from Sai

Timing turned out just perfect – leaving Khartoum on schedule, we started yesterday our final field season on Sai Island. The first task was to re-open Tomb 26 – removing the filling of its more than 5 m deep shaft was a bit dusty, but worked out very well thanks to our enthusiastic gang of workmen supervised by Hassan Dawd.

And even more perfect: New Year started with re-opening the main chamber of Tomb 26 earlier today. All is in perfect condition, almost no collapse of the ceiling occurred.

We will concentrate on the northwestern corner of the chamber which was not yet completely excavated – and we are all very excited about the new chamber found at a lower level along the north wall in the very last days of the 2016 season. Clearing this chamber of still unknown dimensions will keep us busy this season. I’ve cleared some of its entrance area today, but it is almost completely filled with flood deposits – making a proper assessment what to expect from this new chamber very difficult. However, the six pottery sherds which came today from the entrance area are all New Kingdom in date – interestingly, one seems to be of 19th Dynasty date.

First glance into the new chamber: still unexcavated and full of promises…

Will we maybe be able to re-locate Hornakht’s original burial after all? Just follow our blog for the current field season and our findings in Tomb 26! Although 2017 has just started, the new year is definitely full of exciting prospects :-)!

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5 thoughts on “Happy New Year from Sai

  1. happy new year wishing you all the best . also my best wishes to cousin hisham who introduced me to your blog I was following the Greece Norway mission on sai island however it seems they have completed thier mission since they no longer posting on thier blog am so excited to see your blog and waiting for your findings revealing the ancient world of my homeland people … please keep posting … many thanks

  2. happy new year wishing you a very prospective season also my best wishes to
    cousin hisham who introduced me to your blog I was following the Greece Norway mission however it seems they have completed their mission since they no longer posting on thier blog am so excited to see your blog and waiting for your findings revealing the ancient world of my homeland people …… many thanks and please keep posting

    • Dear Zahir, many many thanks and Happy New Year to you! We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to work in your homeland – Sai is a fantastic site and so far it has been already a very nice season! Please keep commenting, I am always happy about feedback! Many thanks and my very best wishes, Julia Budka

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