June 28th, 2015
Well, we are nearing the end, and as with most projects (not only in archaeology) there is a frantic push to get as much done as possible. Over the past week or so I have been fortunate enough to get to work quite a bit with Tommy Urban, our very own personal Geophysicist. He brought out his GPR equipment and we have been taking turns rotating onto the team that helps him scan the area and create a more comprehensive and clear image of what is below the surface. On this particular day I asked to help him do the field directly west of Unit 7 and building 16. The grid we wanted to get done was big, 40m N-S and 60m E-W. Instead of the usual 25cm intervals (in the interest of time and battery power) we opted to go with 50cm intervals along the grid. We knew from past surveys that there are definitely what appear to be tombs under the surface scattered around the field including one very large on and a group that are arranged in a circle/oval. When going over the area myself with the GPR unit, I was actually able to see the tombs appear on the screen and even get an idea of their size and shape. In particular, the western large tomb was the most visible not he screen as I walked over it, it created a perfect parabola on the screen was near 5m in total diameter and had a clear shape of a dromos tomb from the time period. On top of this, there was a clear chamber that branched off from the main chamber. This could be big, really big. We know that there was clear elite activity in the area, it is possible that one of these elites (King of Alashiya for sure) is buried in this exact location! Exciting times that I can only hope to be a part of in the future.