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Maskerain

July 25, 2017

Today we had rain. Rain and wind, and our coldest day yet at the site. Despite this we made lots of progress. Véro found a cut that made her very happy (around the central posts), Charlotta managed to solve some mystery relationships between contexts, and Rick attacked the drainage feature. Anna and Alice was digging in our southwestern house floor – probably a side room, and found several miniature objects – a tiny dart, a tiny mask and a tiny earring….

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The most exciting find, however, was made by Véro – a full size mask lying face up at the bottom of the pit. It may represent a owl.

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It has some scratches or marks on its cheek. The missing piece on the chin was found a couple of centimeters above the rest of the mask.

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A full size mask is quite an amazing find – but TWO full size masks in the same day is unheard of. Only in the afternoon Anna noticed that what she had thought was a deteriorated post in a post hole actually was a carved object – another mask!

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This mask had been used as a post mold in a post hole. It was deposited upside down, and when Anna finally got it out (after planning and excavating the post hole) it turned out to be another seal mask.

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It has a very expressive face – but doesn’t look too happy.

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The reuse of the mask as a post support is interesting and informative. It suggests that the mask had not only served its purpose, but probably also lost it’s power after its use.

Watch the revelation of the mask here.

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