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Amara West 2016: the cemetery... from the Mesolithic to pyramids

Michaela Binder, Austrian Archaeological Institute

After eight seasons of excavations in the cemeteries of Amara West, we were done. As is usual in archaeology, those weeks in January and February 2016 were full of surprises, some pleasant and some not so much. 799 more words

Mysterious Plain of Jars Site Holds Human Remains

An interesting find. The past is truly another world, but one that we can still visit vicariously.

After having taken one forensic anatomy / anthropology taught by the legendary Dr. 107 more words


  • Place her in there, no! Don’t do that! She needs to look like she is sitting comfortably and she is happy.
  • She is dead.
  • Child, you need to understand our job.
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Amara West 2016: beneath pyramid G322

Mohamed Saad, National Corporation of Antiquities and Museums (Sudan)

Our expectations before starting excavation in the pyramid tomb G322 in cemetery D were very high. It features a superstructure comprising an offering court, a funerary chapel above the shaft and a pyramid, all made from mud bricks. 331 more words


Amara West 2016: conservation challenges

Maickel van Bellegem, conservator, British Museum

Having left London on 23 January – with a brief stop at Kawa to assess future conservation requirements – I am now in the full swing of the work here at Amara West. 323 more words


Amara West 2016: well protected, cemetery excavations now in full swing

Michaela Binder, bioarchaeologist (Austrian Archaeological Institute)

Three weeks of excavation in Cemetery D and a lot has happened. The first ten days were busy with removing backfill and installing protective structures inside the tombs to ensure the safety of the excavators. 419 more words