PNRP’s 2014 season draws to  close as Ramadan ends as well.  Students, staff, and Bedouin worked in the field on Saturday and Sunday trying to finish as much as possible before the Eid holiday.  On Monday, students and staff returned to work in the field while the country celebrated the Eid.  That evening, the PNRP team celebrated themselves.

Dakhilallah on site with the team.  The team stays  in his house and his family graciously invited us to an Eid dinner

Dakhilallah on site with the team. The team stays in his house and his family graciously invited us to an Eid dinner

Eid Dinner

Eid Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final week has been a productive one.  Almost all trenches are finished now, awaiting final elevations and top-plans before they can be back filled.

Courtney takes elevations

Courtney takes elevations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Area C, trenches C.1 and C.3 are completely finished – drawn and photographed.   Maggie and her team in C.1 finished early in the week which gave her time to teach her team how to properly draw baulks.

Jonathon, Maggie, and Ed discuss how to properly close out a trench

Jonathon, Maggie, and Ed discuss how to properly close out a trench

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trench C.3 also finished early in the week, freeing up the C.3 team to help with final drawing and paperwork.  Because both C.1 and C.3 finished, final pictures were taken late one afternoon after final sweeping occurred.

Jordan Karlis cleans in D.3 and D.4

Jordan Karlis cleans in D.3 and D.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In C.2, work continued until the end of the week.  Cassie and her team took down another baulk, revealing a new wall with Late Roman and Early Byzantine material.  They finished Thursday.

D.3 also finished on Thursday – the day the workers returned.  D.3 appears to be the deepest trench by far and is still a mystery to it’s excavators.

Tyler passes a guffa up to Russ and out of D.3

Tyler passes a guffa up to Russ and out of D.3

 

John Rucker, Russ, Tony, and Tyler debate how to proceed in D.3

John Rucker, Russ, Tony, and Tyler debate how to proceed in D.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both D.1 and D.2 finished earlier in the week.  Alex and his team were able to remove the large grinding stone in the corner of D.2 with John’s help.

Emily and Alex take measurements in D.2

Emily and Alex take measurements in D.2

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John helps the D.2 team decide what to do with the grinding stone.

Co-director Dr. Megan Perry articulates remains in D.2

Co-director Dr. Megan Perry articulates remains in D.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.1 finished at the end of the previous week under the supervision of Sophie Tews, giving her time to draw not only her baulk but to assist others as well.

Sophie helps with baulk drawing

Sophie helps with baulk drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trench B.7 worked until the bitter end-much like C.2 and D.3-finishing at 8PM on Wednesday evening after a week full of double shifts.  All shaft tombs were fully excavated and were unbelievably rich in material culture despite the fact that most contexts were disturbed or looted – possibly in antiquity.

Area B excavation continued through late afternoons

Area B excavation continued through late afternoons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With so many trenches finishing not only on time but early, backfilling was able to start.  All the trenches will need to be backfilled both to protect the trenches and any individuals who may walk across the site.  Backfilling started Wednesday in B.6 under the direction of trench supervisor Kelsey, but with the extra help back on Thursday, even more was able to be accomplished on the last day in the field.

Kelsey and Mary backfill in B.6

Kelsey and Mary backfill in B.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backfilling will continue until all trenches are covered.  With so much dirt moved this season, the final task is quite a large one.  Thankfully, John Rucker is able to provide much needed direction on site.

Work continues in the house at full steam.  Friday is a work day and day one of closedown.  Ceramicists Pamela Koulianos and Sarah Wenner near the end of pottery processing and they have hopes to finish pottery readings Friday or Saturday.

Sarah Wenner, Dr. Parker, and Pamela Koulianos debate a pottery call during pottery readings

Sarah Wenner, Dr. Parker, and Pamela Koulianos debate a pottery call during readings

Alex, Kelsey, Courtney and Sarah listen as Dr. Parker confirms the dating of a shaft tomb's ceramic material

Alex, Kelsey, Courtney and Sarah listen as Dr. Parker confirms the dating of a shaft tomb’s ceramic material

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other specialists continue their processing as well.  Heidi works morning and afternoon to draw, describe, and photograph small finds,  Geoff sorts through his flotation samples, Daniel continues to process the faunal remains and Anna Osterholtz catalogs human remains from the tombs and Area D.

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Heidi works with the small finds

Geoff hard at work in the early afternoon

Geoff hard at work in the early afternoon

Anna traces a pottery drawing with the afternoon light

Anna traces a pottery drawing with the afternoon light

Susanne and Anna clean bones on the roof

Susanne and Anna clean bones on the roof

Pottery and bone cleaning continues every afternoon on the roof

Pottery and bone cleaning continues every afternoon on the roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With everyone working so hard, the team will finish the season strong.

 

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