It has been a busy day at both sites, so there isn't time for a detailed post. But I wanted to be in touch to share that in the excavation next to the dig house we found an important fragment today. As we are cutting back the layer just above the foundation of the building with the staircase, we are finding some additional blocks outside the foundation that were likely dumped into their current position as the building was being dismantled block by block for the lime kilns or to be cut into smaller blocks for other buildings such as churches. The block in the photo was tipped off the very top of the building at the beginning of the dismantling and lay forgotten in the rubble below until now. And it's inscribed!
In our newsletter ("Oracle" no. 5 http://antinoupolis.net/newsletters/) you may recall that we found in the past two other inscribed blocks, but they lacked a secure archaeological context and could not be conclusively linked to the building we are excavating. This block does not have that problem since it is clearly from our building, and it could strengthen the association of the other two blocks with our building depending on whether the paleography of their hieroglyphs (meaning their form or style) matches this new block. But we have to extricate it from the jumble of blocks around it first to see the text which may take several days.
In addition to the above, this block's form also solves many questions regarding the facade of our building, and (together with several other fragments from the excavation) forms a group of diagnostic blocks just large enough to propose a likely reconstruction for our building's facade. Reconstruction drawings for the rest of it will have to wait until the rest of it is excavated. And the excavation will definitely continue next season if we are allowed permission to work. Looking at the photo, can you tell what part of the building it comes from?