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The Fezzan Project 2000: Preliminary report on the fourth season of work

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 March 2015

David J. Mattingly
Affiliation:
School of Archaeological Studies, University of Leicester
Mohammed al-Mashai
Affiliation:
Department of Antiquities, Tripoli
Phil Balcombe
Affiliation:
School of Archaeological Studies, University of Leicester
Tertia Barnett
Affiliation:
English Heritage, Swindon
Nick Brooks
Affiliation:
Department of Geography, University of Reading
Franca Cole
Affiliation:
Guildford
John Dore
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle
Nick Drake
Affiliation:
Department of Geography, Kings College, London
David Edwards
Affiliation:
School of Archaeological Studies, University of Leicester
John Hawthorne
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle
Richard Helm
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol
Anna Leone
Affiliation:
School of Archaeological Studies, University of Leicester
Sue McLaren
Affiliation:
Department of Geography, University of Leicester
Ruth Peiling
Affiliation:
Oxford University Museum
James Preston
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, University of Reading
Tim Reynolds
Affiliation:
Cambridgeshire County Council
Andrew Townsend
Affiliation:
Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol
Andrew I. Wilson
Affiliation:
Institute of Archaeology, Oxford
Kevin White
Affiliation:
Department of Geography, University of Reading

Abstract

The fourth season of the Fezzan Project continued the interdisciplinary approaches of previous seasons. Geographical and environmental work focused principally in sampling sediments for scientific dating and with integrating ground observation with remote sensing data. Excavations continued at Old Germa, where the site has now reached Garamantian levels. In a separate development, the tentative identification has been made of an early mosque at the site, in an area adjacent to the G1 excavation trench. Substantial results were gained from work aimed at enhancing the important data recorded by Charles Daniels in his earlier excavations and survey in the Wadi al-Hayat. The enhancement of the Daniels' survey archive was integrated with completion of the wider prospection being undertaken by the new project. This survey included fieldwalking, standing building survey, analysis of the foggara irrigation systems and recording of rock art scenes. Finds work comprised the finalisation of a pottery type series for the Germa area, the study of small finds from the recent survey work, botanical analysis and completion of lithics recording. A programme of radiocarbon dating is now being undertaken to improve the phasing of sites and monuments. The first two volumes of final reports are now in preparation.

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Copyright
Copyright © Society for Libyan Studies 2000

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