Friday, July 22, 2011

Some Small Things We Found

Not everything we found was a huge stone building block. Some were rather small.

Here are a few of the small finds that include coins, nails, really small clay lamps and clay markers.
Some of these things are easy to miss when you are digging in the dirt. No telling how many like these were tossed in the goffa and then in the dumping area. Coins are often green or grey and blend in with the dirt. I once found a very small clay marker that was used for counting. It was perfectly round and thicker than a coin and I almost missed it.

How I do love archaeology excavation.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Entrance or Exit

The Plaza Area of the Temple of the Winged Lions is a mystery. What was it used for?
Here is an opening on the shallow end but what was it for?
Here is a closer look as the team remove yet more dirt and obstructions. Can you see the slot and hole near the corner of the wall and opening? Was that for a door frame? There were more questions than answers at the end of the dig season - but solving the mystery is what archaeology is all about.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Roman Road In Petra

The Romans built this road in Petra around 107 AD and most of it is still usable today. We could take some hints from the ancient Roman road builders they knew how to build a good road and make it last.
This road was once lined with columns and market stalls.
I would love to be ables to see how this looked then.