German Backfill, Relief Fragments Discovered
Overview of temple area. Note
mounded areas to far side of temple structure and along roadway.
Since first arriving at the site members of the U.C. Berkeley Excavations
at El Hibeh often pondered the possible explanation for a pair of mounds
which lay within the temple sanctuary. One runs alongside the
roadway marking the western boundary of the temple temenos. A second
runs perpendicular to the first and just south of the southern wall of the
temple. Were these mounded areas just natural features of the site?
Did they contain the remains of buildings buried for centuries? Or
was the origin of these features to be found elsewhere?
Workmen and guards stand atop mounded
feature to south of temple.
The answer came as the result of archaeological exploration carried
out during the 2002 season. It was decided early on that
exploration of the test trench started during the 2001 season should
be resumed and expanded. Thus, once the backfill from the year
old sounding had been cleared, an eastern expansion of the trench was
marked out and the workmen began clearing the modern surface debris.