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

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Wall of the room there was in the clay floor a roughly circular depression, diam. , outlined by a narrow curved channel; the 1 I· bottom of the depression was mud-floored, and it was full of burnt ashes; it had apparently been a fire-place. In front of the temple there was a walled courtyard corresponding exactly to that of Level XIV. But whereas the ternpie seems to have maintained its character unchanged throughout the period of its use, the courtyard saw many changes. ; and corresponding to the later floors there were modifications, sometimes radical modifications, of the buildings in it.

X SW. and also the Level VIII SW. wall (only a few bricks of its inner face left) are given by the benches in the Level VII sanctuary, and another NE. X SW. wall underlies the Level VII anteroom. 59 See below, footnote 1 on p. 61. In the case of the NW. wall, which ran along the old along the line of the NW. face and the concrete was put between those and the Level VIII waiL Under the fa10ade wall . platform edge, two or three courses of heavy stones were laid concrete was only sparingly used, mixed with a lot of ballast, ,· 1 •· 2 THE TEMPLES, LEVELS XVI-0 THE LEVEL VII TEMPLE the gap that was left between th_e chamber walls and the old walls containing the central floor-mass ":as filled up 1_n a c~nous way; the concrete half-filling the gap was smoothed ~nd a long umber was lmd on 1t along (apparently) each side; resting on the timbers was placed a long wooden box, or series o~ boxes, with fresh concrete packing between them and the wall-faces, and over the box-hds were added two courses of bricks, bringing the whole up to the level of the tops of burnt Level VIII walls.

35 and PI. Xa) The temple of Level VIII was destroyed by fire. The building which replaced it was slightly smaller in area, was not centred on it but shifted somewhat towards the southeast, and was altogether different in plan. The SW. wall of the new temple stood outside the limits of the Level VIII platform, its NE. wall was set back from the platform edge; its NW. wall virtually followed the line of the old, but the SE. wall, the fayade of the temple, was more than five metres behind the edge of the platform.

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