1915 Balabish

Type of fieldwork: 
Excavation
Season summary: 

The season was a special concession granted to the EES in order to fufill the desire for objects for small American museums.

A group of pan-graves located on a desert promontory was the focus of the excavation season because larger sections of the cemetery dating to the New Kingdom had been looted. Although some of these groups had also been disturbed. 57 of the graves were documented, presumably those with material still left in them, tomb groups are designated B and a number (ie B238) with the numbers reaching 243. Objects which were excavaded include: beads, amulets, leather objects and garments, horn objects, bronze axe heads, and pottery.

The New Kingdom cemetery had been heavily plundered but objects such as sandals, imported pottery, and bronze implements were recovered.  

Relevant archive holdings: 
London, Lucy Gura Archive, Egypt Exploration Society, tomb cards

Archive Documents

Distribution Notes: 

Although the season's finds were at the time presented to American Museums, some material remained in Britain as part of Wainwright's personal collection. In 1959 he presented these to Eton College. 

Relevant publications: 

Wainwright, G. A. 1915. The excavations at Balabish: preliminary notice. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 2 (4), 202-203.

Wainwright, G. A. 1920. Balabish. Memoir of the Egypt Exploration Society 37. London: Egypt Exploration Society.

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