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Trench Length (m) 5.0
Trench Width (m) 5.0
Year 2002
Description Trench D7 is a 5 by 5 meter excavation unit located on the steep northeastern slopes of Kenan Tepe’s main mound directly north of trench D4. The purpose of this trench was to follow the Middle Bronze Age street excavated in trenches D4 and D6. This trench is characterized by several layers of cobbles made up largely of ceramic sherds and the corner of a large building or gate structure. Numerous well stratified Middle Bronze Age contexts yielded copious amounts the Middle Bronze Age ceramics.
Tentative Dating Middle Bronze Age
Note A trench is the projection of a 2D square or rectangle onto some small portion of an Area. This projection is usually excavated vertically, leaving a one-half meter space between the vertically excavated space and the edge of the trench so that a standing section, or baulk, is left as a record of the trench stratigraphy. Generally speaking, trenches fit into the north-south grid established on the site. The exception is where the site topography does not allow a trench to be oriented to the cardinal points. Trench corners were located using a total station and secured with cement. The location of all excavated material within a trench was measured relative to the actual (cemented) corners of the trench. Various sized trenches were excavated at Kenan Tepe including 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 meter soundings and 3 x 5, 5 x 5, 5 x 10 and 10 x 10 meter trenches. One or two students were typically placed in control of a trench as "trench supervisors." Trenches also typically had between 1 and 4 local laborers. Area supervisors oversaw trenches in each area. Trench supervisors were responsible for recording the excavation and for directing the local laborers. This included keeping a daily journal that recorded observations and activities in each trench, drawing daily plans showing the location of excavated contexts, taking photographs and issuing loci and finds bag numbers. Area supervisors oversaw excavation and sampling strategies and guided trench supervisors in excavation procedures and interpretation.

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Bradley Parker, Peter Cobb. "Trench 7 from Turkey/Kenan Tepe/Area D". (2012) In Kenan Tepe. Bradley Parker, Peter Cobb (Eds.) . Released: 2012-03-28. Open Context. <> ARK (Archive):

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