Posted by: imalqata | February 7, 2012

Dust Storm at the Site

Work at the King’s Palace

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Today we were treated to a dust storm – not as violent as the sand storm that drove us off the site one day two years ago (blog post for Feb. 25, 2010), but very annoying nonetheless. By 8:00, the landmark cliffs of the west bank were invisible.
I spent part of the day walking around the Middle Palace and the West Villas which are actually north west and just across the desert road from the King’s Palace (the desert road runs right through the center of the site).

The Middle Palace and the West Villas are in the upper left.
The plan of this area is reasonably accurate, but many details were entirely ignored. For instance, there are still a number of stone door sills in place, and large areas of mud brick paving is preserved.

Well Preserved Walls and Paving Bricks in the West Villas at Malqata
While I was examining the West Villas, Joel was scanning several of the walls in the King’s Palace and one of the Polish team was using a magnetometer to survey another section of the site. We’ll let you know the results of these two technological surveys in a later blog.
– Catharine Roehrig

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