Friday, February 19, 2010
Today is a much-needed day off. It’s been 95-100° every day for the past week on the west bank – and not a scrap of shade in sight. Not normal for February in Upper Egypt (which is usually more like 80-85° in the middle of the day). We spent the morning relaxing, organizing our notes, using the Chicago House library, eating lunch in the lovely courtyard (in the shade!).
After lunch, more looking over the week’s notes and a bit of sightseeing – some went to the west bank to look at tombs, others went to the Luxor Museum – a well designed, small, regional museum that is dedicated to discoveries made in the Luxor area over the past 150 years or so.One section has galleries devoted to the most recent finds, which are always interesting to see. Another wing houses the amazing statues (dating to reign of our king, Amenhotep III) that were found buried in a courtyard of Luxor Temple in January of 1989.
– the JEM crew