Yesterday was a very successful day as we found a thin layer of crushed limestone fragments on top of a layer of mud-bricks across what would have been the sill at the very front of the (about 9.5m deep) entrance to the temple. It needs further investigation but if this is what remains of the original paving of the entrance, then it gives us the ancient floor-level and would mean that there are (at the front of the temple) several metres of brick walls standing above floor level.
The remains of crushed limestone fragments on top of a layer of mud-bricks which may be all that has survived of the limestone pavement in the temple entrance.
We’ve also been tracing the exterior edge of the SW side wall and have located the back (north) corner which is only preserved to one/two courses. Below the bricks is settlement fill, so, at this corner, the brickwork is only preserved in its foundation courses which will be helpful for trying to establish a date for the temple as we can investigate the dating evidence from the settlement upon which it was built.
Our surveying has shown that the highest point on the tell is 9.4m above its lowest areas, which are themselves at around the same level as the local fields. Water level is even lower so, for once (unlike at Ashmunein and, occasionally, at Balamun) sub-soil water isn’t going to be a problem for us.
During surveying - looking towards the highest point on the tell where Jeff (just visible against the trees behind!) is taking readings. The man in the middle distance is one of our police guards.
Today being Friday, there has been no work on site so we’ve been catching up with various recording tasks, sorting and labelling images, and doing boring things like cleaning the flat and washing clothes!