Destruction Layer

Today, Shimi and crew dismantled walls as they continued excavating. There is still much to do to reach the required 4 meter depth by the end of the week.

 Taking down wall segments

Taking down wall segments

As they continue to excavate, the team is finding greater quantities of ash and indications they might be hitting a layer of destruction debris. Unfortunately, there is still no sign of a floor.

It's not all heavy work all the time, however. Kate pulled a double cleaning some of the painted plaster on one of the wall fragments.

 Cleaning some painted plaster

Cleaning some painted plaster

What about the date of this building? Right now, all the evidence points towards the Byzantine period. With any luck, the stratigraphy will allow for a firm date when work is finished.

Only three more days of digging and then the countdown to the 2015 field season begins.