Site visit

Site visit is an important part of archaeological research, where the current condition of a site is evaluated, and a note made of all current and potential threats. These threats include high water table; leading to the disintegration of mud brick remains and the formation of salts, urban encroachment within or near the borders of a site (housing, electricity poles and roads) and agricultural expansion. The state of preservation of archaeological remains is also checked and compared to older descriptions or excavation photographs. Often, there is nothing but overgrown trenches while a large part of excavated mud brick remains have disintegrated, or the stone removed and reused. GPS points are also taken to verify site borders.

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