Monday, March 12, 2012

Kom el-Daba excavations underway

EES Delta Survey

The excavation of the mud-brick building really started today. The fill over the brickwork of the northern wall – in what we are, for the moment, assuming was a ‘street’ between this house and the next – was very empty with just a few sherds. It is essentially a homogenous fill made up of centuries of fine brick dust blowing down from the structures above as they have weathered and eroded. In places this fill is over a metre deep and it has to be removed before archaeologically significant levels are reached. It is then a matter of trowelling the surface to identify the mud bricks of the wall from the fill alongside, which can also contain pieces of brick, fallen down from the wall. Contexts can be distinguished most clearly when they are of distinct and different colours.

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