The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Clusters of postholes that the Chicago excavators found in trenches near the northern boundary of the Ay and Horemheb precinct indicate that huts, no doubt belonging to workmen, once stood in this area. These postholes were used to anchor either wooden poles or bundles of reeds tied with rope, which supported the structures. (Traces of ancient mortar were found inside the postholes during excavations.) The huts would have been constructed of reed walls plastered with mud, a building technique still used in modern Egypt .