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In this second installment from the University of Hawaii excavations at Tell Timai in the Egyptian Nile Delta, viewers get a chance to meet Kufti archaeologists, explore ancient streets and the mudbricks that shaped them and dive into the port of Alexandria.
Meet the team’s Kufti archaeologists, who hail from an Egyptian village where Flinders Petrie trained archaeologists in the late 19th century. The skills have been passed down to today’s team of excavators, who are now equipped with multi-generational field experience. Discover the pottery uncovered at Timai—the “DNA of the site”—as the team exposes Hellenistic and Roman neighborhoods. And take a look at the unique experimental mudbrick research and preservation at Timai, as recently described in Biblical Archaeology Review. Finally, cool off with the team off the coast of Alexandria with rare underwater video footage filmed at this ancient port city.
Videography by Alyssa Bokovoy. Courtesy of Robert Littman and Jay Silverstein. Visit the project website at www.telltimai.org.
Inside the 2014 excavations: Tell Timai archaeologists provide a look at their dig site and their research goals for the 2014 season while giving viewers a taste of travel in Egypt and the atmosphere on an archaeological field crew.
Mudbrick-making and conservation at Tell Timai: Excavation staff member and mudbrick architecture specialist Marta Lorenzon provides a look into the creation of new mudbricks to conserve the ancient walls at Tell Timai.
In “With and Without Straw: How Israelite Slaves Made Bricks” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Robert Littman, Marta Lorenzon and Jay Silverstein describe the recreation of ancient mudbrick-making techniques to conserve ancient walls at Tell Timai.
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