July 23, 2019
I was under the weather today and so did not go into the field. Enjoy this photo of the NIP.
July 22, 2019
I worked by myself on the NIP today looking into a number of small questions. The blocked doorway from the north medial chamber to the north building is 60 cm above the floor in the chamber but 135 cm above the floor of the north building. I went looking for a threshold, but could not find one. The blockage sits on bedrock.
I have in my notes that there were brick pavers inside the north entrance on the east side of the north building. But I have no photo. These I was able to find. The brick paving continues under the bench on the east side of the room.
Other questions included a protrusion on the west side of the east wall of the House of Tyche in the southeast corner, the discovery of a small bench (likely a bed) in a rooms south of the church, and other little details.
I am pleased with what I see, when I have time to look.
July 21, 2019
Today formal excavation ended for the Northeast Insula Project. We covered the floor of the portico by the fountain and we filled in the probe at the north end of the portico of the church.
This project began in 2002. I am now done digging. I am thankful to Arthur Segal, Michael Eisenberg, and all the good people from the University of Haifa for giving me the opportunity to execute this project.
During the rest of this week, I will spend my time at the site looking carefully again at a number of problem areas, seeking to understand what I do not yet.
July 18, 2019
Today we completed work on a probe of the portico of the Northeast Church. The probe is located next to the stylobate in the north section of the portico. Work on the probe ended when we reached bedrock. The probe reveals the leveling layer below the stylobate. The probe is also bisected by rows of stone (north to south and east to west) which served to support a level base for the portico over the bedrock. Click the picture to see the 3D model.
July 17, 2019
Our work now centers on the portico of the church. We finished exposing the lacunae next to the west wall, where benches were once placed. Those benches preserved some of the mosaic of the original floor. We have identified three patterns in the geometric mosaic running the full length of the portico.
We also began work on a small probe in the portico. Almost immediately we encountered the cobble base for the original mosaic.
After removing this base layer, we probed a bit deeper and ran into a line of stones. At this point we speculate that they may be the cover stones for a draining system under the street, as we found in the other small cardo. We will learn more tomorrow.