Technique of the Peripheral Wall
technique applied for building the peripheral wall is approximately the
same as for the central platform. The main difference lies in the
abundant use of flat stone elements, especially along the southern part
and in both southeastern and southwestern corners.
observations made during the excavation showed clearly that the outer
flank alone was nicely set, while the inner limit of the peripheral wall
remains indistinct and mostly integrated to the sediment deposits packed
between the peripheral wall and the central platform. This shows clearly
that the peripheral wall was built after the central platform was
finished, and also that the artificial accumulation of sediment was done
at the same time as the building of the peripheral wall. This will be
explained in detail in a later section.
more feature of the peripheral wall is the regular use of flat and thin
slabs. This type of stone material is almost absent in the central
platform. Moreover, we observed a vast majority of those flat slabs at
the base of the collapsed accumulation. Most of them were lying in
horizontal position, quite far from the wall edge, so we first thought
those to form a paved pathway. We soon recognized that the flat stones
were originally used for the top layers of the peripheral wall, and that
they fell farther than the underlying stone elements.
same type of flat stones was also observed near the base of the southern
part of the peripheral wall. The reason of the presence of such flat
construction elements at this location is not known.
this stage, the definite origin (stone quarry) of the flat
micaschisteous stones is not located.