Sunday, February 23, 2014
Each year the Ministry of State for Antiquities assigns the expedition an inspector. His or her job is to make sure we follow the rules of our concession and that no one interferes with the permission that we have been given for work. Our inspector this year is Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim, who is permanently assigned as an inspector in the great Karnak temple. He was appointed to this work in October of 2012.
In 2009, Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim graduated from Minya University in the Faculty of Art, specializing in the Egyptian Section of the Department of Archaeology. Growing up in Qurnah among the noble’s tombs (Menna and Nakht were right next door), he has always had an interest in ancient Egypt. So, it is not surprising that he decided to pursue Egyptology as a career.
Between graduation and the start of his career in antiquities, he served in the army for a little over a year and also in the tourist industry in the northern Egyptian cities of Marsa Allam and Taba. But his hard work in school paid off, and he was able to take up a position with the antiquities service rather quickly after the revolution. In 2012, he participated in a field school in the North Sinai on a New Kingdom site, searching for new information on the Way of Horus.
We are delighted that Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim is our inspector this season. He is such a willing participant in our work and has assisted in many ways, not the least of which is putting together many of the broken jars from a small garbage pit in the North Village. He is lovely to have around as his friendly nature makes us all smile every day.
Diana Craig Patch