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Week 6 at TT 110

Week 6 at TT 110

Week 6 at TT 110

Field school students showing the clay vessels they made.

There's no better way to learn archaeology than to get your hands dirty. The TT 110 archaeological field school students continued to learn this lesson this past week when under the instruction of our ceramicist Mohamed Nagib, they molded clay into vessels. Doing so gave the students a hands-on understanding of how vessels are made, and why these vessels often take the shapes that they do. After all, there's little point digging something up if you're not prepared to understand it.

Students learning to draw some of what they've found.


In keeping with ARCE's desire to offer such specialist training, this past week saw the TT 110 field school coordinator, Yasser Mahmoud, begin his illustration course. Photography forms an important part of the documentation system of any archaeological excavation.

That said, some information is still better recorded by a hand holding a pencil. Over the next two weeks, Yasser will teach the basics of how to draw material, such as pottery, in order to extract the very specific information that archaeologists use in their analyses.

A new classroom, and a new lecture on Luxor Temple.

With only two weeks left, and even in the face of increasing temperatures on site, instruction shows no sign of slowing down. While our afternoon classroom venue has changed from the papyrus shop seen in last week's photos, the students' paperwork and lectures have continued apace.

This past week saw the students talk about a number of West Bank monuments, and the field school instructors expand on their site teaching.

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