The clearance of the Chapel has been completed down to the stone floor. The reliefs end about three feet above a stone floor. I have not yet have time to study the texts, but they appear to refer to the offering of oils and unguents. Against the west wall, with its surface level with the bottom of the register of reliefs, we found a stone stand. It occupies about two thirds of the width of the chapel, which thus presents an unsymmetrical appearance. It is complete with cornice, but is devoid of any other decoration, and its use is as yet uncertain. A large storage jar was found in a deep pit north of it.

In the area north of the First Court (E.14.2) the men are clearing a series of storage rooms and chambers. There are all built on the same level as the upper level in E.14.1. The remains consist of several small rooms with thin brick walls, numerous narrow passages, and a large number of rectangular encolosures and receptacles, some built in brick, some hollowed out of the town wall, and some plastered inside. Some of the rooms have stone floors, and all the walls, which are built on debris, rest on small pieces of stone, presumably as a precaution agains white ants. The eastern half of E. 14.2 appears to have been dig away.

In E.14.1 three rooms have been cleared to the ancient roof level of the Ramesside occupation, the Ramesside floor level being 8 to 9 feet below the surface. Originally, these must have been small store chambers entered from the street on the north, but they have suffered considerable modification, old doors have been bricked up, new doors made, and earlier walls have been made thicker. In one of the rooms we found that the arch over the door was complete except for the topmost brick, and both lintel and jambs bear the name of Ramesses II.  There are numerous walls in the street but it is now certain that all are subsequent to Ramesses II. Immediately south of the three rooms, which appear to have had flat roofs, we can see a narrow vaulted chamber, whose vaulted roof is almost complete. Above this is a mass of brick which appears to be the filling betwen the roof of the lower rooms and the floors of the upper storey, now missing.

The high wind and flying sand rendered cleaning and photography impossible to-day. However, Bell finished a sketch plan of the temple today, which you can find below.

H.W. Fairman

AW.DD.38-39.010b 2

Object cards of the objects found

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