Day 7 / 20 (35%)

Shatil sketching rock positions in area D6

Shatil sketching rock positions in area D6

Work in area D6

Work in area D6

Slow but steady progress.  Nothing notable in the dirt (and there was a lot of it) that we dug out of our square today, but we’ve made progress on C4’s main purpose – to fill in the blanks on our map of the site.  That means finding walls, garden areas, water channels and so on, so we can get an idea of what the site looked like and what it was used for.

Measuring a new square in area C4

Measuring a new square in area C4

Today we found what looks like a “ghost of a wall” – an area of fill where a wall used to be.  The building stones of the original wall were dug out by people from a later period, and the resulting “robber’s trench” then filled up with dirt.  Since the new dirt is different from the soil surrounding it, it’s possible to tell where the trench – and therefore the wall – ran.

Theoretically, at least.  When we packed up for the day, we were still trying to figure out how exactly the hopefully-wall stood in the area we’re digging: whether it continued straight, curved to the left, curved to the right or simply stopped.  Got to leave more work for tomorrow, after all…

Part of todays pottery haul from C4

Part of today's pottery haul from C4

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