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Archaeological campaigns

The first campaign carried on in 2014 started on 9th January and finished on 20th March.
It has been mainly focused on the excavation of the western part of the city, inside and around the so-called “Monumental Building 2”, in order to understand the earliest phase of the city.
The most exciting discovery of the campaign has been, in this building, an amount of masonry blocks with carved decorations depicting a holy hunt, ibexes and camels.
In the eastern part of the settlement the relations between the buildings of the residential area and the storage quarter have been investigated.
The restoration activities have affected the city walls and the internal walls of the so-called “Monumental Building 1”.
The second campaign carried in 2014 started on 21th March and finished on 5th June.
The excavation activity were performed in the western area of the city, inside the so-called “Monumental Building 2” and east of this structure, in order to understand the relations with surroundings.
In this building, three more masonry blocks with carved decorations depicting ibexes and new column bases were discovered. 
The third campaign carried on in 2014 started on September, 20th. The excavation activities were performed in Area A and Area F with different goals.
In Area A excavations were aimed at understanding the link between street A113 and buildings BA15, BB2 and BB4.
In Area F investigation was performed inside the so-called “Monumental Building 2”, on the east and west of this structure, in order to make clear the relations with the surrounding elements. Here two new rooms and new column bases were brought to light.
The structures now completely excavated and the study of materials found inside are under study in order to identify their chronology.
Dismantling and restoration of the tannur found during SUM14A were carried out. The restoration activities have also affected the city walls and the perimetral walls of the so-called “Monumental Building 1”. 
Download the archeaological and architectural reports of SUM14ASUM14B and SUM14C