Sixth Archaeological Campaign 2013

General view of the Temple

This season has been programmed to last for three months, from the beginning of October to the end of December. The main points, which we are covering or will cover during the mentioned period are:

 

  • In terms of archaeological work, we have opened new sectors in the area of the second court of the temple, where work had already started since the 2010 season. Starting excavation of Tomb XIThe goal is to extend the excavation towards the North, since there appeared vestiges of mud-brick wall structures which are very interesting.  This area was partially excavated by Ricke in the 1930s, and now with the extension of the work to this area, we should be able to determine whether they are actually small chapels or stores of the temple. In addition, we performed several soundings at the Northern edge of the enclosure wall. In one of these investigations we found a tomb which presents the configuration of a shaft and two large chambers. This tomb, which is in process of excavation, is tomb number XI.Starting excavation of Tomb XI.  
    We also started cleaning the North enclosure wall, including its façade, in order to continue its restoration. Cleaning North wallWe opened several sectors in the area of the East enclosure wall, in the superior part of which we found an oven, which constitutes a new evidence for the later occupation of this part of the temple. As an immediate goal, we will open all the East façade and we will investigate the area corresponding to the Northeast corner of the first court of the temple.Cleaning North wall.
    Moreover, we will continue with the excavations of the peristyle area. This work started during the 2012 season.
  • Documenting laboursWith respect to documentation, we are recording all the blocks of limestone and sandstonethat contain parts of reliefs or inscriptions, as well as the documentation of fragments of stelae, statues and other items. Thus, we will be able to continue making progress in the creation of a database, which is a fundamental tool of the project. We are also investigating any items that present special features.
  • Mudbricks for restoring wallsIn terms of restoration, we continue with the labour of consolidation and protection of the new excavated areas. This is achieved through the reintegration of mud-brick rows until a good protecting cover of the conserved structure is obtained. We are following the same construction technique and the same measurements of the original mud-brick, as we have done since the beginning of our project. With this intervention, we are not only allowing for a better interpretation of the temple structures but we are also creating a better protection from external agents. Furthermore, we will restore fragments of reliefs and inscriptions in limestone and sandstone as well as any other elements that we may find as we proceed with our excavations.