Sarah must have brought the warm weather with her as the temperature has stepped up now and with some humidity from the crops it was a real change from the cooler preceding days. We took up the offer from yesterday and carried out a short ERT profile across the axis of Amenhotep II. Tarik brought a huge cake for the day, which was the perfect pick me up for some of us.
Feeding Tarik cake on profile 6
We then started P8 which runs parallel to P1 on the north side of the Ramesseum axis with the aim of getting to the canal some 500+m away. The probes are spaced at 3m intervals with 13 levels of readings taking us down to 19.5m – the same as P1. The team have really got into the swing of the ERT moving probes and sliding along the cables and re-clipping them to the probes with great efficiency. Hats off to Reis Omar for putting together such a fantastic small team of workmen that are great fun and very sharp. After each roll-along is complete all the cable contacts are unclipped from the probes and the first 25 probes are pulled up and placed at the other end of the line. The cable is dragged along and all the contacts are clipped back on to the probes. The resistance meter and laptop are placed in the middle of the profile connected to the cables and off we go. At this configuration of probe spacing depth of readings and we move along 75m with each roll-along. When a profile is complete all the readings can be joined up to produce the complete profile. We managed to do four roll-alongs on P8 ie 300m.
Kris and Sarah spent the day traversing along the road placing survey stations and tying into the Theban Mapping Project co-ordinate system so that we could place all our work within the system.