This page contains preliminary renderings from the Learning Sites 3D computer model of Courtyard Y in the Northwest Palace. This inner courtyard was likely used for private circulation among the palace's inner suites that surround it and was not a public space (see the plan at the left; hover over to enlarge). It may also have been used for special outdoor private ceremonies and audiences, since there is evidence that temporary canopies and other coverings were present here (holes in the courtyard's paving tiles indicate the location of poles to support such shadings).
The images below are arranged chronologically, with the most recent ones first.
Y03 - Courtyard Y, view southeast. These types of canopied shades are attested in Assyrian reliefs. The positioning of the canopies in this rendering are based on postholes found in the paving bricks of this courtyard.
Y02 - Courtyard Y, view west, across the courtyard from Room G toward the private western suite of the palace.
Y02 - Courtyard Y, view southwest.
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