A Mound of Many Cities; Or, Tell El Hesy Excavated

A Mound of Many Cities; Or, Tell El Hesy Excavated

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... VI. Depth below top of mound about 18 feet. use. I may explain that a fire is made at the bottom of the pit, and the dough, flattened out by hand, is stuck against the heated sides to bake. The first tannur we found had been repaired by potsherds where the mud sides had given way. A small pit with a diameter of 22 inches, and with thick sides of yellow brick, may have been used for storing corn. In one place we came across a quantity of fine red earth, unmixed with the surrounding decay, such as is used to-day in colouring the mud floors and walls, which are then polished. Here, as in almost all other periods, we found jars buried with intention. Near one of the ovens a jar, 24 inches high and 44 at its largest circumference, was found lying on its side. It was evidently filled with fine soft earth after it had been put in position, as the earth seems to have been pressed down by hand, being lighter on top. It contained bones, a stone, a flint, and a potsherd. A study of the section giving the levels of cities on Plate II. will show that the depth of accumulation in Cities I. to IV. is greater at the north end than at the south, while in Cities V. to VIII. it is practically uniform over their areas. A glance through the plans will easily explain the reason: the chief buildings were at the north end of the cities, giving rise to more debris, so that gradually THE FIFTH CITY TO THE EIGHTH 117 the slope from south to north (originally following the contour of the hill) grew less and less, until the areas became practically level in the cities described in this chapter. The characteristic pottery of Cities V. to VIII. was the Jewish, i.e, coarse copies of the older Phoenician types. No. 225 suggests a clumsy imitation of No. 177; the stumpy...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920031
  • 9781236920034