Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The weather this season in Upper Egypt has been a challenge. First there was the rain of last week (https://imalqata.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/rain-in-luxor/), which made it impossible to work. Then there have been numerous cold, windy days that blow dust into the eyes and make it generally uncomfortable to be outdoors.
And then there was today. Sometime in the middle of last night, a storm blew in with gale force winds that sounded like a typical New England nor’easter. The wind hadn’t died down by the time we were ready to leave for the site. we could see palm trees with their fronds whipping in the wind, and even the low crops in the fields were rippling like a stormy sea. When we got to the site, it was obvious that no clearing or cleaning could be done in the North Village, so we kept all the workmen busy clearing brush and working at the Palace, where cleaning of walls and laying of bricks could continue thanks to the high berms of old excavation debris that border the site on two sides.
Meanwhile, Diana, Annie, Joel (who couldn’t do any surveying in the high winds), and I walked over to the North Village to catch up on sorting and recording pottery. Crouching on the ground beside a small ledge that gave us some protection from the wind, we were able to get through a substantial amount of pottery. By the time we quit, the wind had died down to a dull roar and we are hopeful that it will blow itself out overnight.