By Pierre AGRINIER
Whereas operating at Mirador in the course of the 1965
season (Agrinier 1970), I made a brief in¬
vestigation of the close by web site of Miramar, ex¬
ploring the floor and making 5 try out pits.
My purpose was once to make a initial eval¬
uation of the cultural and chronological posi¬
tion of Miramar with relation to Mirador.
The destinations for the try out pits have been selected
for their strength ceramic stratigraphy, with
an purpose to stay away from different cultural positive factors,
such as masonry partitions, caches, and burials.
However, in the case of Pit 2, my intentions
were diverted; the mass burial I encountered
there occupied me for such a lot of the brief sea¬
son, from the center of may possibly to the first days
of June, 1965. different brief explorations I
made in 1973 and 1974 extra a few extra
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Thus, there is no reason to assume, a priori, that the latest execration texts (the Brussels group) can only parallel the MB I – a MB I/II date is just as likely. Accordingly then, sites which only have MB I/II or early MB II (such as Jerusalem) can be relevant in relationship to the execration texts; 5) Due to the specific nature of the texts (magical), there is no reason why one must expect only large sites to be mentioned in these texts – small sites, perhaps evidence of rural, or even nomadic groups, are mentioned as well; 6) Ben-Tor’s suggestion to date these texts to the Old Kingdom/EB III raises other problems.
The cuneiform tablets discovered at Pella merit mention as well. Two fragmentary tablets were found, of which unfortunately little could be read, save for possible lists of names (BLACK 1992). The tablets were found in a pit, perhaps indicating that they (and other objects found with them, see below) were placed there after they went out of use. Although originally dated to the late MB or early LB I (SMITH & POTTS 1992: 59–63), more recent studies have shown (BOURKE et al. 1994: 107, n. 32; BOURKE et al.
3050 from Area Y. 4356 in Area B. , BIRAN 1994: figs. 22–24). g. ILAN 1996b: figs. , BAGH 1998; 2003; 2004). Sometime towards the end of the MB I, or during the MB I/II transition (Stratum XI), the site is refortified with impressive earth ramparts and gates (see now BURKE 2008: 250–254). Two gates were identified. One, in Area K, is the uniquely well-preserved, arched mud brick structure, which was built and, very soon after, went out of use, during the late MB I or MB I/II transition. The excellent preservation of this gate is well-known, based on the fact that it was covered over and incorporated into the ramparts.
A sacrificial mass burial at Miramar, Chiapas, Mexico by Pierre AGRINIER