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Weekly Trench Summary

Week 5

Area C

Trench 1

18 June 2005

The overall impression of this week centers on contexts dealing with my two mud brick walls (L1111 and L1110). These were originally hypothesized to be mud brick foundations for the stone walls excavated in the 2002 and 2003 field seasons. As the mud brick walls continue down now for approximately 50cm from the baulk lines and approximately 25cm standing, we now believe that these were originally mud brick walls that have been reused multiple times, including having been reused as foundations for the stone walls described above. These walls also are thought to have gone through multiple phases of use. At the end of the 2003 field season there was an in situ pot smash against wall 1111, indicating one phase of use. Phases of use excavated in 2005 will be discussed below.

The main use phase for the walls excavated during week 5 of the field season relates to L1109. This locus spanned the distance between the two walls and made up on half of the area. The surface contained a great deal of stone and broken pottery. It was also covered with a layer of white plaster. The plaster did not preserve to cover the entire surface, but it did cover approximately 50%. The locus was cut on the south side by two pits that were excavated in the 2003 field season. The surface was HAP sampled as well. See notes from daily journal and locus sheets for more detailed info.

The northern section of the area between the walls (L1113 of fill – though this covers all the area between also above 1109) may have been covered with some sort of mud bricky surface. Bricks were not preserved to a good extent in the center, but a number of bricky patches were in evidence and also a few straightly placed and aligned bricks were at that same level.

On the outside of the walls, it is unclear what was happening. There is only a small extent of exterior fill associated with L1110 the eastern wall as it is close to the eastern baulk. The material from this locus (L1114) is extremely dense and compact and bricky. Possibly representing mud brick slump or collapse. L1108 is on the western side of L1111 the western wall. This fill is also dense and compact. Difficult to dig through, but it was also the closest to the plastic covering from the last excavation and may have been compressed more than the rest. A semicircle of stones and broken pottery is coming up on the southwestern area of the wall. I do not yet have a hypothesis about the function of this feature. There is no evident ash or burning. There may be more stones coming up in a line leading to the west, but this is not clear yet.

Descriptive Attribute Value(s)
Journal Type Weekly
Date 2005-06-18
Year 2005
Has note The purpose of the daily journal was to record the activities taking place in a trench each day. This included which loci were excavated, how and why loci were excavated and the ongoing impressions of the relationships among loci. It should be noted that journals record the actions, impressions and ideas of trench supervisors during the excavations. They are not, therefore, the final interpretations or syntheses of the emerging data.
Suggested Citation

JW. (2012) "C-1-2005-06-018-Weekly from Asia/Turkey/Kenan Tepe/Area C/Trench 1". In Kenan Tepe. Bradley Parker, Peter Cobb (Ed). Released: 2012-03-28. Open Context. <https://opencontext.org/documents/a2c0d362-feb9-45f0-cdf3-f7072074564a> ARK (Archive): https://n2t.net/ark:/28722/k2h41q43z

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