Palace courtyard

Overview of the J1 built environment

August 2011 - L. Crescioli

Isolated elements
Structures
Use areas
Installations
Loose materials

Isolated elements

     Several floating stones or small scattered stones were found in J1. They came mainly from the higher part of J1, above the Revetment Wall and the Terrace.
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Structures

     The structures of J1 are part of the Temple Terrace, except for the stone structure possibly dated to Late Chalcolithic and probably with the same function as the EDIII terrace. The EDIII structures includes mainly the revetment wall.
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Use areas

     Two use areas have been identified, a sacral boundery and the walking area of the Plaza.
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Installations

     I consider installations some elements belonging to the Terrace like the escarpments or the pebbles pavements of the Plaza. Other installations date to the Mitanni period and they are the three curtain walls and one isolated heart.
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Loose materials

     The majority of J1 (because of its nature) is composed of loose materials, namely semi-natural and natural accumulations. The open area of the Plaza started to fill up mostly from Mittani period, until the abandonment of the city of Urkesh.
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