Question about Terminology
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We are trying to create terminology to describe the features of a room. Four walls, with a small shrine in the middle. I am wondering if there is standard nomenclature for something like, "the left outward facing wall of the inner shrine", or "the inside surface of the canopy above", etc.
I am familiar with paleontological (anatomical) descriptors, but am wondering how a professional archaeologist would describe the contents of a discovered room and it's contents ( as in, "statue A was discovered something something in relation to this and that")
I imagine cardinal directions is a place to start.....
We are thinking about up and down as zenith and nadir, etc....but I thought I'd check with this group to see if anyone can point me in the correct direction for site description.
Thanks in advance for whatever help you can provide!
For up and down, location would normally be given with reference to built features, such as "on the floor", "on the NW wall 2 meters above the floor", "along the top of the roof", etc.
But it depends on shape, since nonrectilinear shapes may be difficult to describe this way, and it also depends on how culturally situated you want the description to be: sometimes certain parts or directions in a structure might have culturally specific names that give them meaning, which have the double effect of giving a more precise and accurate description for those who know the culture and making it harder for those who don't to understand the description.