A workman clears collapse debris from the central doorway area of Structure 5D 23. A huge tree was growing on top of the debris mound. Before its stump could be removed, every small rootlet had to be exposed and cut. If this was not done even very small rootlets would cause significant damage if ripped out. Root fibres had penetrated deeply into the fabric of the structure, behind the plaster, and into every joint. Every plane of material that had once existed as a surface exposed to air for more than a brief period had a network of fine rootlets across it

As debris was removed to clear the rooms and expose the tree roots, various artifacts appeared. Among them, a very fine incensario (censor).


photo: HSL  

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