Mounting works at the west wall of Corridor 10
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In the video, I see the archaeologist applying a cement-like substance to the top of the walls. What exactly is that substance made of? Also, what is ultimately the purpose of placing fallen rocks back into the wall structure? Wouldn’t it be best to keep everything unaltered and as natural as possible?
Like Didi El-Behaedi said, I am also curious as to why this portion of the wall was being plastered. Was the wall so deteriorated that it needed to be repaired in order to avoid injury? Was it simply being repaired in order to preserve the site for future digs and if so, what other repairs were done on the site?
The building was destroyed by an earthquake and therefore many walls have fallen or are ready to fall. During winter there is lots of snow in the area and heavy rainfalls. If the walls will not be conserved, the building will be soon destroyed and it will not be possible to continue the excavation. What it is usually done is that stones are photographed, drawn and numbered, the walls are dismantled and they are build again positioning the stones at their initial location also adding a durable and flexible bonding material that will allow the wall to breath and withstand the weight of snow. The already fallen stones are not placed back, but are removed to continue digging deeper.
All photos courtesy of the Zominthos Project unless otherwise noted.