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Daily Trench Journal

Area H, Trench 2

May 22, 2005

M. Baldi

We began the day by adding a tent over the trench to increase shade after which I explained to the workers that we needed to work faster. Following this we began by straightening the baulks with the hand picks and followed with the large picks by taking the trench down another 15 centimeters. Other than a slight color change I have not observed anything to warrant a locus change. Normally this would have been enough, but we want to quickly go under .50 meters before making the change. Pottery observed is still minimal. Once we reach the goal of .50 meters depth I will change locus and begin a general collection of relevant materials. Granted this transitional point we seek to identify may be arbitrary at this point but we want to get there as fast as possible. Too much time has already been taken in getting to the current depth.

After using picks, shovels and handpicks to cut the trench down another 10-15 centimeters we began to see more ceramic sherds which signals a good point to change to locus 2.

We came back to Kenan Tepe to work on various things. On my trench I placed Meki, Siddik, and Lokman to hack away at the surface with the large picks and working on the baulks. These guys are a good combination to move lot of dirt fast. We collected pottery, bone, and lithics, now coming in greater quantities. Somme structure began appearing near the southwest corner of the trench and was quickly identified as a wall. We may have cut some of it (5-10 cmts) on the northwest quadrant of the trench but will be unable to verify until we clean up a lot better tomorrow as we began to run out of day and light. Needless to say I stopped work on that side of the trench but continued excavating the east quadrants. The work was completed in about 2.5 hours and much was accomplished. As mentioned it got too dark for photos and measurements. This is partly the reason for the supplemental daily plan.

Descriptive Attribute Value(s)
Journal Type Weekly
Date 2005-05-11
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.
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Marco Baldi. (2012) "H-2-2005-05-011-Weekly from Asia/Turkey/Kenan Tepe/Area H/Trench 2/Locus 1". In Kenan Tepe. Bradley Parker, Peter Cobb (Ed). Released: 2012-03-28. Open Context. <> ARK (Archive):

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