Dr Hourig Sourouzian took the next lecture spot and treated everyone to an in-depth description of her work at Kom el Hetan. Notes were taken as preparation for the site visit, shown below, later in the week.
The Valley of the Kings’ Project directed by Susanne Bickel, is proud to support a local enterprise in new Qurna. We decided to show our passengers this delightful house, (below) known now as the Balady Handicraft Centre. Here the local ladies can embroider and use looms to make traditional cloth to sell to visitors.
There is also a pottery and a small shop. We were offered tea and fruit and many took the chance to buy some of the lovely items on display. Everyone agreed it was a very worthwhile visit, for both themselves and as much needed support for the local economy.
On a West Bank visit we made a brief stop for the latest update from Dr Kent Weeks (below) on his new library project. Many passengers had brought out coloured pens, pencils, paints and toys for the children. For a full illustrated report CLICK HERE
On Friday afternoon we were delighted to be joined by Dr Renee Friedman, Director of the Hierakonpolis Expedition, who took a day out from her work at Hierakonpolis to join us in Luxor. She gave an introductory talk on recent finds at the site and her plans for the forthcoming season.
Detail above from the Temple of Mut, Karnak.
Dr Laurent Bavay, Director of the French Institute of Archaeology in Cairo,(above) was our next speaker. He told us about his work on the Theban Tombs and especially excavating the tomb of Amenemope, a high dignitary in the reign of Amenhotep II.