Week two has come to a close! Amazingly we are now half-way through our field season. Excavations continue at Kharaneh IV, with Olivia, Trine, and Abdulkareem joining me to work on site. Meanwhile, Renata and Joe stayed back at the dig house to help with laboratory work and flotation with Adam and Dobrina.
We said goodbye to Adrian and Tom at the beginning of the week. They wrapped up most of the octocopter flying to capture the site with high-resolution photography. As well, they did some kite photography to get great images of the site and surrounding wadis at higher altitudes. This week Olivia will be finishing off the high-resolution photography with a camera on a pole (photos to come).
On site we continued to excavate two 1×1 metre squares get to the level of Structure 2. Thankfully, by the end of the week we had reached the same level as the 2010 excavation areas, exposing the sediment just above the structure. At this point we gridded the excavation units into 25×25 centimetre squares for better horizontal control and began to excavate with spoons (a highly effective method for collecting sediments from small areas). In addition to point-proveniencing artifacts, the 25×25 cm excavation areas allow us to retain a high level of spatial control for the artifacts coming from flotation samples. The same strategy was used during the excavation of Structure 1 in 2013 and this will allow us to compare the distribution of artifacts and faunal remains between the two structures. The spatial distribution of materials within the structures will give us an understanding of how people organized their domestic space in the past. Excavations will continue next week to fully expose the surface of Structure 2 so that the distribution of artifacts can be mapped.
The week finished off with a day at the dig house working on lab work to catch up on lithic and faunal analysis. In addition, we have adopted an abandoned puppy who was wandering in the souk. He has now become an integral member of our team!