A16-strategy

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2001-6-9lR In k1 we plan to excavate the SW side of the square at the corner of the wall where f4 & f7 meet in order to find the base of the wall. In k5 and k6 we will excavate inside the structure diagonally (NS) until we reach the first floors; leaving half of it unexcavated. Once we have found the floor then we will excavate the inside of the structure. [Input file: L630TR.J / L630TR.-J]
2001-6-12lR The next 2-3 days excavators will be very minimal since work needs to be done on the computers. gB is leading a training class with the new students & tomorrow we will collect all the relay points of structures(walls) so we can plot soon. Excavation will still continue in f3; and in k5 to remove the feature in the whole a1; and to reach the floor that the jar ( i2) sits on. We will photograph the jar in situ. The workmen will be sent to other areas to remove backfill during these 2-3 days. We will resume digging on Sat(L616). [Input file: L630TR.J / L630TR.-J]
2001-6-12sB we plan to reach the wall and make a flat plan, then we will take a photo. There is a lot of sherds, lots of bones. Traces of burnt charcoal, some brickfall They are left for the photo-found near the jar a piece of tannur. At 15cm from the E wall we found many burnt grain. Collected-they are scattered all along the wall for 150cm. [Input file: L630TR.J / L630TR.-J]
2001-6-17fAB We are involved now in working through thick topsoil layers in k3 and k4 to reach the brickfall that we assume lies below. Once we have reached brickfall throughout A16, we will clean and perhaps photograph the situation in loci k2, k3, k4, k7, k8. Once documented, we will begin removing the brickfall, slowly in k7 and k8 where walls appear in the south (only of k7 for now, while k8 is still somewhat covered with backfill) and more quickly in k3 and k4 where, due to the sections in k6 and k1, we believe that the brickfall is thick. We hope then to come down on a3 and related features, which must be dug first, since we believe that they are the most recent in A16. Work in k1, k5 and k6 is minimal, mostly staff looking for floors and structural components. [Input file: L617FAB.J / L617FAB.-J]
2001-7-3tR We have opened a new locus in k7 and k8 labeled k105. Our reason for this is two-fold first, since we have removed the baulks it is difficult to differentiate between squares as far as q lots are concerened; second, we want to get a better idea of what is going on in k3 and k4. In k4 we have an accumulation which is f81 that gB suggested may have been cut due to erosion after a period of abondonment before the brickfall. Our strategy is to go down in k105 and cut a section so we will be able to better understand the deposition. We have tenatively named k3 and k4 as k106, but we will consult with gB or fAB before making it final. [Input file: L630TR.J / L630TR.-J]
2001-7-8lR For the box structure a6 we plan to excavate the triangular area f160 between f73 and the North baulk to see if we can find the Northern face of the structure. The remaining brickfall will be completely excavated by L709, which allows time for the final photograph of all Phase 5b structures, which will then be removed in order to expose Phase 5a structures. The wall f52 will remain since it is believed that the base of the wall is actually Phase 5a construction then reused in Phase 5b. The basis for this argument as proposed by fAB is that the Western face of the wall ends but then is continued only indented several centimeters to the East suggesting that the wall below is earlier and could belong to 5a. Bricks found on the North side of f52 suggest that it is a Phase 5a cross wall running North to South. [Input file: L708LR.J / L708LR.-J]
2001-7-23lR During the meeting with gB fAB pointed out the large fissure found in the north baulk of k2 close to the western end and disscussed the possibility that this was a indication of a large structure underneath such as a wall. The fissure located in A10 and runs into A11 shows clearly that the stone foundations of the palace walls were the cause of the fissure and can indicate that the palace wall is in fact located under this fissure in k2. We plan to photograph this fissure. Yesterday we began excavating the pit seen in A12 north section (the large pit). [Input file: L722LR.J / L722LR.-J]
2001-7-31fAB We are trying to excavate as quickly as possible, since there are so few days before the end of the excavation, and we have yet to reach the goals that we have set out for ourselves. The area in which we are digging is void of structural elements, so our main goal is to recognize lenses and search for possible caps. [Input file: -M726-A.J / -M726-A.-J]
2001-9-2lR A section was strung across k110 to separate the locus since the area is too large to refer to it as one locus. k111 refers to the new locus on the north side of the section, and k112 is the southern portion. [Input file: L903LR.J / L903LR.-J]
2001-9-2lR we have scraped and cleaned the area in order to identify any features within k110 especially pits. We have come down in the entire area on a compact reddish brown material and on the north area we were exposing an ashy thin layer. All the pits f216 and f217 have been excavated. [Input file: L903LR.J / L903LR.-J]
2002-9-3lR Last season we decided to terminate excavations in A16 premature of our main goal; to uncover the entire stone pavement of the courtyard and understand phase 4 and phase 3 role in A16. The area was too large and instead of trying to finish excavating k110 in MZ14 we decided that it would be best to stop digging and continue in season MZ15. The strategy for this season utilizes the same project goal as last season: to uncover the stone pavement of the courtyard located in area A16. Excavations are planned for 3 weeks until September 19 followed by a 3 week study period. This should be ample time to excavate k110 which measures 8.4 x 6.4 meters with a depth of 1 meter until the stone pavement. The area forms a square excavated on all four sides which shows the stone pavement on 3 of the 4 sides with the western portion missing in the area of A10 (however there are a few stones in the southern end). The east baulk of k110 was left from last season because we did not fully understand the stratigraphy to remove it. Inside the baulk there appears to be two walls a few courses deep but are in poor shape and difficult to identify. This season we plan to remove this baulk by making it two separate loci and level it out with the rest of k110. [Input file: M903LR.J / M903LR.-J]
2002-9-3lR Last season we decided to terminate excavations in A16 premature of our main goal; to uncover the entire stone pavement of the courtyard and understand phase 4 and phase 3 role in A16. The area was too large and instead of trying to finish excavating k110 in MZ14 we decided that it would be best to stop digging and continue in season MZ15. The strategy for this season utilizes the same project goal as last season: to uncover the stone pavement of the courtyard located in area A16. Excavations are planned for 3 weeks until September 19 followed by a 3 week study period. This should be ample time to excavate k110, which measures 8.4 x 6.4 meters with a depth of 1 meter until the stone pavement a12. The area forms a square excavated on all four sides which shows the stone pavement on 3 of the 4 sides with the western portion missing in the area of A10 (however there are a few stones in the southern end). The east baulk of k110 was left from last season because we did not fully understand the stratigraphy to remove it. Inside the baulk there appears to be two walls f215 and f214 a few courses deep but are in poor shape and difficult to identify. This season we plan to remove this baulk by making it two separate loci and level it out with the rest of k110. [Input file: M903LR.J / M903LR.-J]
2002-9-4lR While excavating k208 a few questions arose as to the phases of the material being excavated. We are uncertain whether the material left in k110 is phase 3 or 4 therefore careful excavation of the material in k208 is needed. We were using the big pick since we planned to excavate this quickly but after reviewing the situation decided that it was best to use the small pick in order to understand clearer this situation. We are hoping that the pottery can help in answering our questions. Tomorrow we plan to remove the rest of k208 with a small pick and also remove the tannur f180 and the burial a18. [Input file: M904LR2.J / M904LR2.-J]