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Since 1976, the Brooklyn Museum has been carrying out archaeological work at the Temple Precinct of the Goddess Mut at South Karnak, an important religious site for almost two thousand years. Dig Diary invites you to follow the recent work of the expedition in weekly photo journals covering every aspect of our team's activity.

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An Interesting Lintel

The Work Goes On

I'll Be There Soon

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After the Eid

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The Mut Expedition: An Introduction

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Friday, February 16, 2007

Working Conditions

As Mary, our photographer pointed out in the last posting, the cleaning of the lintel is complete, or more precisely, we have taken it to a uniform level, given the time and materials we have on hand. Conservators, as well as photographers, working on archaeological digs often work under very difficult conditions. As you can see in this photo above, the team is getting in some weight lifting, while trying to position the lintel so that there is the raking light needed for Mary to photograph the shallow, carved design.
We have been cleaning the lintel in the conservaton laboratory at the Luxor Museum, where there is running water, electricity, and chairs. We have had the good fortune this week to go to the museum in the afternoons, avoiding the hot sun. With those basic services, we could take the cleaning to a certain level, and stabilize the very fragile paint and gilded surfaces. At the site, we do not have running water, or electricity and little shade, and since I'm having technical difficulties with the photographs, I'll talk about conservation on site in the next posting.
Lisa Bruno
Objects Conservator


Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome work! and i can't help but be jealous of hot weather and blue sky;keep digging,all i dig is snow

February 21, 2007 9:06 AM permalink  
Blogger Lisa Bruno said...

Yes, I have heard it has been very cold in many areas of the United States. I am sorry. The weather is much warmer here, but if it makes you feel better, we are filthy by the time we leave the site, leaving trails of dust behind us like little pig pens as we walk.......

February 24, 2007 4:32 PM permalink  

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