Feb 10, 2015

Balk Etiquette

Irina highlighting her water bottle while Josh does his paperwork for his square beside ours.
Some people wonder why we leave all those stones in the balk (walls).  Well here is the answer. They are shelves to hold our water bottles. The golden rule on the site is "Love your neighbour and keep a straight balk." The balk is very important as it is critical in reading the occupation levels in the square. It was originally developed by Mortimer Wheeler and then brought to Palestine by Kathleen Kenyon. It is now sometimes called the Wheeler Kenyon method of excavation (6X6 meter squares with a one meter balk.)

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