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NEWSLETTER PCMA 2011

Pre- and Protohistory

Al-Subiyah (As-Sabbiya): BAHRA 1 (Kuwait)

Dates of work: 30 October–4 December 2011

Team:

Directors: Assoc. Prof. Piotr Bieliński, archaeologist (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw), Sultan Ad-Duweish, archaeologist (National Council for Culture Arts and Letters, State of Kuwait)

Archaeologists: Dorota Bielińska (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences), Ewelina Mizak (PhD candidate, Department of Assyriology, Institute of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw), Andrzej Reiche (National Museum in Warsaw), Dr. Agnieszka Pieńkowska (PCMA), Dr. Anna Smogorzewska (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw), Agnieszka Szymczak (PCMA), Urszula Wicenciak (PhD candidate, Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Center, University of Warsaw)

Archaeologist, lithic specialist: Marcin Białowarczuk (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)

Restorer: Ewa Parandowska (National Museum in Warsaw)

Topographer: Roman Łopaciuk (Geomatic Company)

Documentalist: Marta Momot (PCMA)

Student trainee: Krzysztof Kiersnowski (Institute of Archaeology, University of Warsaw)

Work at the Ubaid-related site of Bahra 1 aimed at establishing the extent of the settlement and at mapping the surface remains in the SBH 38 sector of the site. Therefore, most efforts concentrated on cleaning the site surface west of the previously excavated structures (Units 1 and 2, where work was now limited to a few selected spots). The outlines of at least two architectural units, each consisting of several rooms were cleared. A concentration of installations, some associated with the use of fire, was encountered in the westernmost part of the site. East of Units 1 and 2, where the sand overburden is much thicker, a long and narrow test trench was dug in order to check for a possible continuation of the site towards the SBH 35 sector, where architectural remains of the same age had been discovered previously, and to establish the southern extent of the site. Some wall foundations were encountered in the northern part of the trench, proving the existence on architecture at the spot.

[Text: PAM]

Contact
P. Bieliński: piotr.bielin@wp.pl