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Carter No.: 021

Handlist description: Painted wooden box

Card/Transcription No.: 021-3

21. Contents (Cont.) (3)

4. Contents (Cont.)

Impossible to say whether the robes formed part of the original contents of the box. From the packing it was clear what had happened. The plunderes had made a hasty search through all the boxes in the chamber, flinging their contents all over the floor. The officials then, before re-sealing the door, made a very hasty tidying up; bundling objects into any box that lay handy, irrespective of what its original contents had been. In the present case they had crunched and bundled the garments together, folding in with them sandals and other objects, crammed them into the box. They had used so much force in doing this that the open work gold toe-thong of one of the sandals had been forced, not only through the sole of its own sandal, but into the sole of the one below it.

All of the garments in this box which afforded any


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