As the second week drew to a close, the students and staff at PNRP were delighted to reflect on the progress they had made.  Having finally recovered from the various illnesses that plagued the start of the summer, team members made significant strides during the second week. Area C continues to develop, revealing further walls and floors.  Trench Supervisors Maggie, Cassie, and Jordan  all removed over a meter of dirt from their respective trenches.  As most of their loci are tumble layers, this often involves the removal of large, heavy stones.

Maggie cleans the balk as  Marie Rogers, Jonathon Parker, Area Supervisor Carrie Duncan and Co-Director Megan Perry discuss the findings

Maggie cleans the balk as Marie Rogers, Jonathon Parker, Area Supervisor Carrie Duncan and Co-Director Megan Perry discuss the findings

Students Jana Lanier and Lindsey Nolen clear the heavy stones from their trench

Students Jana Lanier and Lindsey Nolen clear the heavy stones from their trench

In Area B, the tomb teams (under the direction of Nicki, Kelsey, Alex, and Eva) have mostly removed the fill and disturbance layers in B.5 and B.6 and are not working directly with the articulated and commingled remains.  B.7 and B.8 have also removed a significant amount of material.  B.8 in particular contains much later ceramic material than the other tombs, suggesting a possible Early Byzantine occupation or use as a dump site.

Trench supervisor Eva Falls stands in tomb B.7

Trench supervisor Eva Falls stands in tomb B.7

Area Supervisor Jessica Walker documents commingled sketal remains in B.6

Area Supervisor Jessica Walker documents commingled sketal remains in B.6

In Area D, the Nabataean / Roman city wall (early 2nd century AD) continues to be articulated in trenches D.1 and D.2 while the possible Byzantine wall is explored in D.3.  Trench supervisor Sophie Tews was shocked to discover human remains in her trench – D.1 – especially as it does not seem to contain an architectural feature.  D.2 trench supervisor Alex Zarley appears to have more architectural features – possibly domestic in nature – which included donkey skeletal remains.  D.3 continues to be a mystery, with Area supervisor Russell Gentry and trench supervisor Ashley Jones attempting to puzzle out the multiple intersecting architectural features, only one of which appears to be the expected Byzantine city wall.

Sophie Tews and Pamela Koulianos discuss a ceramic find with Sophie's trench

Sophie Tews and Pamela Koulianos discuss a ceramic find with Sophie’s trench

Finally, PNRP architect Anna Henderick continues to draw the city wall between trenches D.1/D.2 and D.3, hoped to be completed by the end of the season.

Anna Henderick draws the Petra city wall.

Anna Henderick draws the Petra city wall.

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