Sediment around the basketry impression was cut away by graduate student Brad Chase, leaving it on a pedestal so it could be removed in a block.
Excavators working at ancient Indus Valley civilization sites.
The larger Kot Diji phase kiln, here shown under excavation, had a highly vitrified and reduced interior.
Blocks of soil removed from the Ravi phase section were taken to the University of Wisconsin, where they were impregnated with resin and sliced thin for microscopic analysis of cross sections of the bead-making strata.
After marking, the entire excavation team is called in to map and eventually collect the bead manufacturing debris and all of the sediment from each layer of Ravi phase floors.
J. Mark Kenoyer assisted by Peter Eltsov carefully uncover and mark Ravi phase bead manufacturing debris in preparation for mapping and photography.
Each Ravi phase stratigraphic layer was identified and excavated, and the many rodent holes, obvious both in the exposed area and in the section, were isolated. Here delicate trowel work has revealed the circular outlines of the top of a storage pit.
Greenish clay layers were found in a deep depression in the center of the HARP-excavated platform. One theory that is being investigated is that the platform and the central pit were used for production of indigo dye (Trench 43).
Plan of Vat's excavations showing circular platforms. In some cases remnants of the baked brick walls that probably surrounded each platform can be seen on the plan, although earlier and later walls are also shown. From M.S.