W2 Archaeology in the News Post

For the Archaeology in the News this week, I found an article outlining the recently concluded project of the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt.  “Investigation of Royal Necropolis in Hatshepsut Temple Ends” begins by explaining that the temple was destroyed before 900 B.C., likely by an earthquake, and then used by members of the XXIII and XXV dynasty as a burial place for important social members such as high-ranking priests and members of the royal family.  The cemetery was analyzed carefully by members of the archaeological team to find that the builders of the graves utilized the preserved regions in the ruins of the temple to construct many different tombs; nearly twenty were found in the temple.  Careful attention and detail was given in the creation and decoration of the tombs, despite much political turmoil during that time, which gives us insight in to the priorities and strong customs of that culture.  As it has been discussed in our class, looters took most of the contents in this tomb long before this became an archaeological site, which made analysis far more difficult.  Some small artifacts, and fragments of artifacts, were discovered over time during the dig and were used to fill in the empty spaces left by these looters (such as family trees), which is often the case in archaeological analysis.

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  1. This is a very interesting and classic tale of archaeology. Often when people think of archaeology, they think of adventurous men like Indiana Jones seeking valuable treasures in places such as Egyptian tombs. What is fascinating is that there were still artifacts left in these tombs seeing as how looters scavenged the tombs for valuable artifacts and gems. What would be interesting to know is if we would be able to identify the type of culture of the people buried in those tombs. This might be possible by comparing the pottery decorations to known cultural styles much like the methods used in the Morton Village. It would also be interesting to know what kind of archaeological approaches these archaeologists adopted when excavating this site.

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