Successful Excavation Season and News

General view of the excavation with the newly revealed corner of the temple at right.

General view of the excavation with the newly revealed corner of the temple at right.

Greetings from Italian archaeological mission at Antinoupolis.  We would like to announce a special “change:” this blog will now be the official blog of the Istituto Papirologico “G. Vitelli” archaeological mission to Antinoupolis under the directorship of Prof Rosario Pintaudi.  This change means that this space will be used not only to report on the part of the mission you have been reading about (the excavation in the Osiris temple), but on all different aspects of work at the site.  We are very happy with this broader focus, and hope that you will enjoy it as well.

This enlarged blog will commence with our next season in January and February 2018, but we will use this post to say farewell from our two-week long autumn season.  We are wrapping up the excavation today, and it has gone very well even in such a short time.  We managed to enlarge our squares to find the back corner of the temple building (see photo), and we recovered more decorated stone fragments including another block from a cornice.  But since this cornice is of a different scale than the previous block discussed in this blog, it raises more questions than it answers.  It must come from a different temple building nearby which is about twice as large as the temple we are excavating.  But the data and additional fragments we need to put forward even a tentative idea must wait for future seasons and more excavation, likely much more!

So please watch this space in late January (if we receive the permission from the Egyptian government) to follow the future work in this location, and now with our expanded focus to learn more about all the different activities going on here at Antinoupolis, all as part of the Italian Mission.