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Week 13; Week 13 June 27 to July 1
Topic Started: Jun 28 2011, 12:59 PM (587 Views)
IanS
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Hi Harry and everyone else.
The altar was indeed found in a buttress against the Centurian's wall but the wall showed signs of collapsing outwards. So I'd guess the buttress was an attempt to prop it up. The altar and some other nice stones had been used in the foundation layer of the buttress.
Seems to be some debate about which god it's dedicated to and the significance of the symbols so I wont speculate, hopefully Andy or Justin will comment.
I've got some great pics, just feel I should ask Andy first. I'll update when I hear back or if he or Justin give the ok on here.
Great week!
Ian.

Edited by IanS, Jul 1 2011, 05:25 PM.
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Ok folks here's the altar....

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The buttress against the Centurian's apartmant wall on the left.

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The altar emerging in the foundations.

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Ready for lifting.

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It's not expertly carved but the symbols are fantastic.

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Some detail on the side.

And finally here's the lions head from earlier in the week, not a great shot with the shadows but you can make it out.
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What a great week we had, next week has a lot to live up to.
Ian.
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I agree Badger, very weird. That's why I'm leaving it for Andy or Justin to comment!
I've not seen anything like it but it seems neither has anybody else.
Did hear a couple of theories but lots of research and head scratching going on at the moment I suspect.
Ian.
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