Prior to this, our Season 12, we put in process a massive Kickstarter campaign targeting work in the Temple of Sobek on the East Bank of Silsila. We were overwhelmed as we reached our goal and thereby secured the continuation of work at this particular site. As part of this campaign, our backers were able to choose between various rewards, of which one was an official thank you here on our blog. After receiving our backers’ approval, the time has now come for us to publically thank each one of you who made this work possible! Please find the list of backers, arranged alphabetically, below (including some whom wished to remain anonymous).
|Image of the western structure from last season
So, what are the results thus far? Well, one of the main achievements is that we have physically connected the Main Temple with the Western Structure by removing, sifting, and analysing the massive mound of silt, soil and archaeological remains known to the team as “Temple Mound”. We are incredibly grateful to our dedicated Egyptian workers for being patient, understanding and willing to continue the daily battle against this mound, including its modern hard spoil left from the building of the adjacent modern canal. Without our workers aid, we would not have been able to reach such great results in one season!
|connecting the structures, here showing a part of the mound still in situ
|Workers taking on the Mound during the previous season. Photo by Anders Andersson
|Connecting the structures - in progress. Photo by Anders Andersson
Excavations of the western structure have so far focused on its central part, in which a circular rock-cut structure was revealed, and thus far reaches some 5-6 m below the ground. Work is still ongoing, and has now changed from sand and soil archaeology to excavations of wet mud as a pump is required to remove the ground water from therein.
|View of the western structure, including its circular centre
|What may there be?
|3D model of work progress. Photogrammetry by John Ward
Connecting the two structures and excavating the circular structure has resulted in a large amount of fragments from the once magnificent Temple of Sobek. With over 500 sandstone fragments, nearly 200 limestone details, various small finds (including evidence that links Silsila with Roman Gaul!), and thousands of ceramic sherds, we consider the work in the temple a great success. However, we are not finished yet! Work will continue until the end of our season, after which we hope to begin putting together a beautiful book on Sobek as promised our backers of the campaign.
|Limestone detail revealing a part of Men-Kheper-Re, i.e. Thutmosis III
|Limestone detail of the little rower man, a glyph that forms the first sign in the ancient name of Silsila: "Kheny"!
If YOU would like to sponsor the project, helping us reveal more information about the Temple of Sobek – or the newly discovered subterranean shaft tomb, aid us with funds to employ more workers, buy a new pump or other important equipment, please support us by donating on our Friends of Silsila webpage!
Finally, with this short update, we would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement, and to wish you all the best for a Happy, Prosperous, Healthy and Adventurous New Year 2019!
THANK YOU for your support in “Finding Sobek”
Pierre Arnold III
Nils & Anna Carin Billing
Raquel Agrás Flores
Linda Garza Hansen
Bronwyn and Peter Harrison
Dr. Kim A Jobst DM FRCP MFHom
Sasha K (Sobekemiti)
Maria Karlman Noleryd
Jeszika Le Vye
Andrea Lundberg Blank
Kyra van der Moezel
Miss Leanne Northrop
Kim Nelson & Jackson Ovadia
Carlo Rindi Nuzzolo
Abby and Bryn Roberts
Vincenzo Salvatore Pannone
Brian & Pam Silverian
Mrs Julie Smith
Michele Stopera Freyhauf
Robert and Olivia Temple
Dr. CMCl Toporow
If you are a backer and connot find your name on the above list, please send us a quick email and we will update the page!