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Another deep trench (pit 5) was placed through the centre of the lowermost channel, revealing a spectacular stack of steeply-dipping flood units, interspersed with thick beds of windblown sand that had been reworked by the river.
Was this larger channel flowing when Amara West was occupied?
If this was the case, we would need to radically alter how we envision the ancient landscape – potentially very different from that visible today – which shaped the lives of the town’s inhabitants.
These flood deposits date to when water flowed in that channel. To investigate the evidence for Holocene river activity (since around 10,000 BC) in the wider area to the west, north, and east of Amara West.
A deep trench was dug – pit 4 – with significant mechanical assistance!
Charcoal samples were collected for radiocarbon dating, and sand samples for Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) dating.