August 28, 2012
Mounting works at the west wall of Corridor 10
August 6, 2022
Finds this week included two exceptionally preserved seals made of semi precious stone.
August 1, 2022
This week at Zominthos, the north wall of Space 61 was revealed, as excavation continued at the North Court.
July 25, 2022
Excavation this season continues in the North Court and the western side of Zominthos Palace.
July 13, 2022
This season, the excavation continues to the west section outside of the Central Building of Zominthos Palace.
August 17, 2021
Finds this week include parts of the drain in Room 71 and an almost complete fruit vessel in Room 72.
The building was destroyed by an earthquake and therefore many walls have fallen or are ready to fall. During winter there is lots of snow in the area and heavy rainfalls. If the walls will not be conserved, the building will be soon destroyed and it will not be possible to continue the excavation. What it is usually done is that stones are photographed, drawn and numbered, the walls are dismantled and they are build again positioning the stones at their initial location also adding a durable and flexible bonding material that will allow the wall to breath and withstand the weight of snow. The already fallen stones are not placed back, but are removed to continue digging deeper.
Like Didi El-Behaedi said, I am also curious as to why this portion of the wall was being plastered. Was the wall so deteriorated that it needed to be repaired in order to avoid injury? Was it simply being repaired in order to preserve the site for future digs and if so, what other repairs were done on the site?
In the video, I see the archaeologist applying a cement-like substance to the top of the walls. What exactly is that substance made of? Also, what is ultimately the purpose of placing fallen rocks back into the wall structure? Wouldn’t it be best to keep everything unaltered and as natural as possible?
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