Archeology is all about answering questions. You're not looking for artefacts only to accumulate them, but to understand past civilisations and how they worked. This page will show you a few examples of the questions we try to answer by excavating.
Those two pictures show a ditch during its excavation.
But firstly we just saw the difference of colors of the soils.
Indeed, you can see on the left of the left picture a line of darkest soil, which fit with the dictch.
So we decided to dig a part of it, to see its section and see how deep and with what angle the slope was going.
|Here you can see the team working on it: trowelling softly to see if we can find the slope itself ( dark color ), and if its not enough, digging with a matic, cleaning it with the showel, and trowelling again until we can find the slope.|
Here is the result. You don't have to care about the little part left on the left top corner of the dicth.
It was only left because archeologists are lazy...
We found the slope: it wasn't really deep, and the angle was quite slow.
So the ditch is too small to be defensiv: anyone can cross it in a few seconds.
It can't be unfinished, because the inhabitants finished bigger works, and didn't abandonned the fort at this period.
So it could be symbolic: religious or maybe to separate the different classes of inhabitants.
On conclusion, we don't really know what this is...
|So Peter dug it, made a few drawings of it...|
But nothing was found.
We even dug the whole 'L', but it was empty.
So why was it firstly dug? And why this particular 'L' shape?
Was it a joke?