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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sorting pottery.
Jay in the kiosk.

Our group at the front of the temple is busily working on sorting and analyzing ceramics. Around the table from left clockwise is Luke, Rania, Meredith, Phil, and Marina. Marina is drawing small finds so far this season but soon will focus on painted pottery and other unusual forms. And don’t forget our superior photographer, Jay, popping out of his kiosk just for this quick photo!

His little “office” is working very efficiently. He is at present catching up on pottery photography from 2011 when our season was truncated due to the Revolution. In our next shot standing just in front of the kiosk and very tall is Ashley Arico’s husband Michael who has been visiting since the beginning of the season. This is his last day, and we say good-by to him here. But even so, Ashley (on the left in the sun glasses) continues to work away on the small finds that have been gathered so far this year (very slight indeed so far).

Outside the kiosk.

Violaine is noting some soil change. Skeletal remains.

On the baulk between VIII G East 9 and 12, the work nears the burial area. Violaine is noting some soil change and above her hand is an in situ bread try rim. The burial itself has been entirely reinterpreted this year by Jessica. When it was found in 2012 (you can look back at the Archives of the website to see it) we believed that we had the curled body of a small child whose head was still in the baulk. Another skull was picked up in the trench at that time but thought to belong elsewhere. Now Jessica has seen that the body is running in the other direction, and the portion visible includes the upper ribcage, trunk, and arms. And it is an adult or nearly so. But this is a progress shot only, and much more needs to be done here.

Burial mound seen from the west.
Burial mound seen from the  north.

The area between East 13 and Central 6 is also now under continuous excavation. First here is the burial mound seen from the west and north showing its shape and the main flexed burial under the mound. Then you see additional portions of  a secondary burial being carefully revealed by Gufti Sayeed and Meg. Note that the mound has now been greatly reduced and is nearing the level of the primary burial. In the last shot you see Meg pointing to a vessel inside the mound. It is a full profile of a long-necked burnished jar. Several more nearly complete (before removal, that is) forms are emerging from the small hill as well. So we continue to have evidence of a grave that displaced an earlier (but according to the osteologists), but not greatly earlier, burial.

Revealing secondary burial.
Meg pointing to a vessel inside the mound.

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