2015 Field Season Day 11

The season is cruising right along and every excavation area is making great progress. Grid 51 continues to move closer and closer to full exposure of 604. Grid 16 has exposed a mudbrick rampart, the date of which has real implications (potentially) for understanding the Middle Bronze Age settlement. And in Grid 25, excavation continues to uncover more Islamic period occupation.

 Excavating a fallen capital

Excavating a fallen capital

In the first week and a half of excavation in Grid 25, work has uncovered a long north-south oriented wall containing several doorways, with thresholds and door sockets, a staircase, a drain with a subsidiary channel, and destruction or collapse debris. In other words, we have good context and are doing all sorts of work.

 Sifting an ashy layer of collapse or destruction debris

Sifting an ashy layer of collapse or destruction debris

It isn't all fine work. There has also been a lot of heavy work.

 Swinging the big pick

Swinging the big pick

What has all the hard work uncovered?

 Doorway with destruction or collapse debris in front

Doorway with destruction or collapse debris in front

Excavation has uncovered some beautiful stone architecture. Next up? Well, we are hoping for the cardo.