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Processed on 7-14-2022
The home for this page is A12


description (summary) 1999-6-26 jo entire area outside Ak building,W f45, S f12, E f176 [Input File: j718jo.j]
1999-6-26 jo the entire area W f41 all along side the southern face of f12. [Input File: zg127ms.J]

daily notes 1999-7-10 ab an other layer of phytolith, f167, appeared, 10 cm on top of f146. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-05 ab a line of stones (f144, f145) has been found adjunct to f12: it might be similar to f107, meaning that they are in line with the pavement same as f96. [Input File: j718ab.j]
strategy (projected or implemented) 1999-7-13 jo we will dig f173 below f159, W of f146, to find out if there is a lower pavement, i.e. a step down from f146. We will start digging f175, the equivalent of f73, between f45 to the E and f96 to the W to uncover the remaining paving stones f89. [Input File: j724ab.j]
1999-7-21 ab f86 and f63, which consist of stone blocks fallen from the wall f12 when the pits a14 and a16 were dug, have been broken in pieces and removed. Now we can remove the two "pedestals", on which these fallen stones laid. First we will remove the Western pedestal, f131 under the stone f63. [Input File: j804ab2.j]
1999-7-04 ab we will continue with f103 to the end of the locus at 30 cm depth. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-05 ab after the complete removal of f103 we will start digging new feature f131, that is the equivalent of f73 (A10 f227), and we will start digging f131 from the area facing a14, where we will dig 200 cm N to S x 200 cm E to W. From there we will dig 50 cm along side the wall f12 in order to find out if there are any similar features to f107, at a lower level. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-05 ab we will continue to remove the N baulk. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-13 gb We should consider clearing the whole "paving" f146 assuming it continues uniformly. [Input File: j718okk.j]
1999-7-11 ab we will continue digging f159 farther down in the 200 cm limit W of f146. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-12 ab we will continue digging f159 farther 200 cm W to the depth of the first portion of the feature 50 cm and we will restart digging f79, filling of a7, that cuts into the Southern edge of f96 to look at f96 from the side to see if it is built on top of an earlier structural element. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-05 ab we will dig f131 along side the wall f12, starting just to the W of f107 and continuing farther W. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-07 ab we will dig f131 in two direction: first to the W to see if there is a similar feature of f145, f107, f146; second to see if f146 continues to S. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-08 ab we will dig what remains of f113, on the top of f146, Eastwards to the limit of f96. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-10 ab we will dig f159 from the level of the top face of the f146, starting just at the W of the f146 on. We will also remove the reminder of f131 on top of f146 to the E up to f96. [Input File: j718ab.j]
1999-7-14 gb The partial brick paving f146 is later, though it must obviously be in function of a (ceremonial?) use of this corner. It goes with the use of repeated mattings. (It is however a few courses deep: originally deep or rebuilt like the thresholds in the doorways?) We should remove the bricks and watch out for signs of possible rebuildings. [Input File: j718okk.j]
1999-7-22 ab we will continue to dig the filling (f170) of the drain (f169). [Input File: j804ab2.j]
1999-7-21 ab okk puts relays numbers in all k6 so that she and bp can take relays of the entire locus, to plot what cw has already drawn (see sketch nr. 1, 1a). [Input File: j804ab2.j]
1999-8-04 ab today, with the help of jlw, we wil take the last relays, including f 252, f253 and f251, to plot the final situation of the main structures in the locus. For the measurements we create thrre new control markers m5014 (r335), m5015 (r336) and m5016 (r337). [Input File: j804ab2.j]
notes on recovery 1999-8-06 ab as we clean for the final pictures in the whole locus, we find out that the brick pavement, f253, is continuing towards the wall f12 and stops ca.15-20 cm before. Therefore we took new relays (r375-6) to complete the plot. okk also observed that the pebbles-sherds pavement, which covers the big stones f89, continues under the wall f12, under the stones f87. [Input File: j807ab.j]

definition of process(es) 1999-7-14 gb Z1-I reviewed more carefully the stone paving f146, and it does not extend to the entire corner between the two walls. Rather, it juts out in a shape with a footprint slightly larger than the brick paving f96 just above it. It appears that this was a single defined area that matched the recess in the wall. This is very important because herein must lie the reasn for the recess: it FRAMES A PLATFORM that extended south. This platform was originally made of stones, and then it consisted in bricks and matting later. [Input File: j718okk.j]
1999-7-14 gb It is clear now that the stone paving at the corner of the two buildings is indeed a pavement, on the Northern side, there is a raised layer of stones that focus a bench set into the niche like a recess of the wall. This "bench" continues straight to the W end of the wall, and it serves as a ramp course as well. Why would the wall have these recesses (which match the inside arrangement of rooms)is unclear. [Input File: j718okk.j]
1999-7-18 gb Here is a possible resolution of the drain/platform problem (see Claudia's drawings and photos). Phase 1 - The platform is built originally with AK: it fits in the niche, and it is bonded with the wall. At this point the platform is raised above the ash floor to the West, and reaches all the way to the corner of AK and AR [the new building]. The drain is slightly higher than the base of the platform: it is built nicely with well fitted stones, and has a fairly high opening in the wall. This all goes with the first floors of AK: on the inside, the top is well baked bricks (flush with the floor) and then continues with stones once it dips below the floor level. -Phase 2. Floor accumulations rise towards the platform (as seen in southern section), and progressively the relationship between drain and platform is inverted. The second phase of the drain consists of poorer stones, but it cannot get higher than the top of the opening. The platform is overlaid by three components: a stone ledge along the AK wall, a brick plattform on top of the Eastern half of the stone plattform, a nd a dirt floor with reed "matting" on the top of the Western half of the stone plattform. - Phase 3. The non-palace use of AK: plattform and drain are no longer functional, and the same plain, undifferentiated accumulation develops that we know inside AK. [Input File: j720okk.j]

assumption 1999-7-13 gb Our basic assumption has been that the "paving" f89 could not really be a pavement because it matched the bottom of both walls f16 and f45. For this reason, we assumed further that bricks f96, "matting" remains f110, 116,158 and stone pavement f146 were steps leading up to the side of the platform. Now, however, we found stones at the bottm of pit f172 that seem to be the same as those of f89 (at the corner of the two walls). If so, this must indeed be a pavement. It may then be explained as follows. The wall f16 and the wall platform f166 were built at this particular juncture without foundation trenches. We had demonstrably the same situation in area A5 wher the walls were sunk into the ground by only about 20 cms. The inside of AK was partly raised with heavy packing (western part of secion c) and partly dug into the higher gound of the tell (eastern portion). The platform, too, rested directly on the ground (without foundation trench) of the western side, and was sunk into a foundation trench n the eastern side. [Input File: j718okk.j]