It’s finally begun! The Dirt Detective is again slugging through the desert to discover ancient wonders. This year the site to be explored is called Abydos (pronounced ahh-BYE-dos). It is located in “middle” Egypt in an extremely rural region. If you take a close look at the map here you can find the site about 600 kilometers (yes, we use metric!) south of Cairo and 200 kilometers north of Luxor, just along the Nile River.
Abydos is not nearly as well known by most people as the Giza Pyramids are. However, for Egyptologists Abydos is about as cool as it gets. People have lived here since even before the times of the pharaohs so the amount of material to discover is incredible as well as being amazingly diverse. And for the ancient Egyptians the region was a place of pilgrimage that most dreamed of visiting sometime during their lives. It was a holy place that the god Osiris (one of the Big Daddies of the Egyptian religion) hung out at. It even contains the entrance to the valley that all souls would need to traverse in order to pass into the next life.
So Abydos is just chock-a-block full of crazy amazing stuff! Now, although the area that the site covers is massive, only a few portions of it are being actively excavated. There are many teams of archeologists who are each investigating different temples or fortresses or villages or pyramids. YES! Pyramids!!! Everyone thinks of the grand ones over in Giza when they imagine pyramids. However, Abydos contains at least two and one of them is the last one ever constructed. And guess what…… That’s where I am digging!!!!!
My humble self and a small but dedicated team will be uncovering the walls of the last known pyramid of ancient Egypt. Our fearless leader, Dr. Steve Harvey, has been checking this structure out for a few years now and has revealed some really, REALLY out-of-the-ordinary stuff. I’ll certainly be telling you stories about it as this blog progresses but in the meantime if you want to do a little exploring of your own it is rather easy to find (and infinitely cleaner) using the internet. If you do a search simply using the word “abydos” you’ll come up with hundred’s of sites to check out. I think that Wikipedia has a very easy to understand description. It does get a bit detailed though and could be kinda dull. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abydos,_Egypt If you are a visual learner then you should visit https://www.sacred-destinations.com/egypt/abydos which has absolutely gorgeous photos and even shows the house we are living in as we work. Both of these sites, however, only gloss over the area of Abydos that my team is digging. Our excavation is called the “Ahmose-Tetisheri Project”. If you want some specifics on US then there is an excellent article at https://touregypt.net/featurestories/ahmosep.htm which gives glorious details and also helps you understand a little about the pre-requisite sense of humor necessary to work on an excavation in this country.
So there you go!
I’ve given you some great ways to explore along with me. You can excavate the internet as well
as keep up with this blog. We’ve
only been working for a few days and I already have so much to share with
you! Once you’ve had the chance to
orient yourself to where I am I’ll begin to give you the day-to-day
experiences. Don’t forget that you
can scroll down this page to read entries from my experience last year at the
Giza Pyramids. Those entries give
you a LOT of info on the archeological process: what we crazy diggers do and
why we do it!
So there you go! I’ve given you some great ways to explore along with me. You can excavate the internet as well as keep up with this blog. We’ve only been working for a few days and I already have so much to share with you! Once you’ve had the chance to orient yourself to where I am I’ll begin to give you the day-to-day experiences. Don’t forget that you can scroll down this page to read entries from my experience last year at the Giza Pyramids. Those entries give you a LOT of info on the archeological process: what we crazy diggers do and why we do it!
Also remember that you can comment right here on this web site. Each entry has a place at the bottom where you can click and leave a message. I’ve got strangely strong internet connection out here in the middle of nowhere so I’m expecting to check-in pretty regularly. As much fun as I’m having, you can make it even better by writing to me every now and then. In the meantime…..keep yourselves safe and warm. It hasn’t reached baking temperature here yet but I’m certain the temp is higher than where you all are!