Dates of work: 18–26 May and 18 September–16 October 2016
Co-Directors: Dr. Sławomir Rzepka, archaeologist (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw);
Dr. Jozef Hudec, egyptologist (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava)
SCA representatives: Sameh Ahmed Elsaid Hashem and Khaled Fareed
Archaeologists: Bartosz Adamski (Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków), Veronika Dubcová (Institute of Egyptology, University of Vienna), Lenka Horáková (Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, Bratislava), Lucia Hulková (Institute of Egyptology, University of Vienna), Barbara Jakubowska (independent), Łukasz Jarmużek (independent), Radka Knápek (Institute of Archaeology, Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic), Markéta Kobierská (Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague), Marek Lintner (Aigyptos Foundation), Agnieszka Ryś (independent), Dr. Květa Smoláriková (Charles University, Prague), Piotr Sójka (independent), Lucia Žilincová (Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague)
Pottery specialist: Dr. Anna Wodzińska (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)
Archaeobotanist: Dr. Claire Malleson (independent)
Archaeozoologist: Dr. Anna Gręzak (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)
Civil engineer: Miroslav Černy (Aigyptos Foundation)
Photographers: Tomáš Kmeť and Ľubomír Podhorský (both Aigyptos Foundation)
Surveyor: Dr. Eva Stopková (Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava)
Student trainees: Magdalena Konopová (Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc), Katarzyna Szymańska (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)
Excavations of the Polish–Slovak Archaeological Mission in Tell el-Retaba in 2016 were continued in the western part of the site, uncovering remains of domestic and funerary structures from the Second Intermediate Period in Area 4. Houses from the first half of the Eighteenth Dynasty were also investigated in this area. In Area 9, several houses from the Third Intermediate Period were explored and, for the first time, also substantial remains of a Late Period settlement, including at least one “tower house”.
The mission works under the auspices of the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw, in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw; Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Aigyptos Foundation, Bratislava. The project has also been supported by the Polish National Science Centre (grant 2015/17/B/HS3/00597) and by the Slovak Research and Development Agency (grant APVV-5970-12; Slovak Research of Ancient Egyptian civilization).
Text: Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 26/1
Sławomir Rzepka: s.rzepka(at)uw.edu.pl