Monthly Archives: July 2011

Looking for the Assyrian houses.

Excavations in the Lower Town started in Operation T yesterday, despite a heat wave that sent temperatures climbing past 45 degrees Celcius (that’s 113 degrees Fahrenheit). Operation T is where we expect to find the remains of private houses dating the … Continue reading

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First morning of excavation on the citadel mound.

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Let the digging begin!

The digging crew started to arrive a few days ago and we start the excavations tomorrow, so all the months of planning are finally at an end. Dirk Wicke from Mainz University and three of his students, Judith Dosch, Fabian … Continue reading

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Some new faces.

Part of life on the dig is the constant shifting of personnel as outside commitments and the complex schedules of academic life require early departures and late arrivals. Since we have to submit our permit requests in December for excavations … Continue reading

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Unexpected electrical resistivity readings on citadel mound.

As you know, we have been conducting electrical resistivity surveys on the high mound at the western edge of the Bronze Palace. In past seasons, we have used a different subsurface geophysical survey technique (magnetic gradiometry) on three separate occassions … Continue reading

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Willis Monroe works as project registrar.

I’ve been promising to introduce some of the staff. As you’ll see over the season, a successful project relies on individuals with diverse skills who are able to work together as a team. You will also notice that people lend … Continue reading

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Thanks, Brad and Chris!

With some expert troubleshooting from Brad Rice and Chris Martin in IT at the University of Akron, we seem to have overcome our connectivity problems with the blog! Thanks to both of you for your help. As usual, the UAkron IT department … Continue reading

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Geophysical surveys begins.

This photograph shows Willis Monroe and our driver, Mehmet Tekin, helping with a geophysical surveying on the citadel mound two days ago. We are, in effect, trying to find the western edge of the Bronze Palace before we start the … Continue reading

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Due to technical difficulties.

A few of you may have noticed that my last two blogs came up in pieces. In fact, it took many attempts across several hours to get the previous blog to load at all. This one is being sent from … Continue reading

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