Alalakh: An Account of the Excavations at Tell Atchana in by Leonard Woolley

By Leonard Woolley

Excavation record of inform Acana, historic Alalakh, Amuq simple, Hatay province, Turkey. Archaeology, heart Bronze Age, overdue Bronze Age, pottery, Levant

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End of the wall with one beam between them on the wall face. In the other walls the new brickwork was laid directly on the old. The side walls and the fas;ade wall were of the same thickness as in the older building. The outer chamber was reduced in width by a cross-wall on the southwest, r ·oo m. thick at its NW. end but narrowed FIG. 22. The Level XII temple. 1 : 2 oo at its SE. end to a screen only o· 50 m. thick (v. . g was filled by a flight of stairs, the lower part solid, the upper treads added later m umber I '· As was the Level XII palace; see p.

Sq. and 0·47 has bricks 0·47 m. x o·f4 m. as well where it rested on the Level XII wall, it may well have been 0'43 m. , Level XII but in every level there are variants-as is the same, and on the h'W. there was very little difference, as o·42 m. , bound to be the case with mud bricks--whi ch make exact if any. figures unreliable. The succession of building levels is far 3 The raising of the successive platforms was, of course, on the evidence (a) of matting courses, dictated by the rise of the surrounding ground-level; the fact more safely judged the platform, and occasionally (c) of that in this instance the increase of height was very small (b) of the outline of (especially if several courses of the old platform had been timber foundations.

An entrance-passage (A) ran along the SE. end; its thick walls suggest that it was roofed , possibly vaulted. A door on the right led into a small court (B) which certainly was not roofed, seeing that a window of the outer room looked into it; moreover, a roof could not have been supported by the sanctuary wall, which was finished before this court was built, and the SW. wall is too thin. Immediately in front of the entrance-door was the staircase leading to the upper sanctuary room; on the right was a door leading into a second small court (C) which also would seem to have been open; through this court one went into the lower and outer chamber (E) of the sanctuary building; a bench o· so m.

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