Wednesday, August 4, 1993
AM work continued in P/Q 39-40 starting from a depth of 110-112cm below the surface at the R 40 peg. The soil was a light to medium brown and broke into small clods when picked and a soft fine soil when sorted. Only very small, worn fragments of tile were recovered, about a handful. A few small sherds of pottery were recovered.
After one pass of approximately 5cm the sides of this cut were trimmed. The depth at this point was about 116-177cm below the R 40 peg. When the second pass was begun, the soil was completely different. It was a darker brown with more bits of carbon. When sorted it broke into a finer, softer moister soil. When it was first sorted, significantly more pottery was recoverd, but this seemed to be a temporary feature. For the most
part the pottery recovered was small and quite fragmentary. After one pass in this new layer (down to approximately 120cm below the surface at the R 40 peg), the enture 2x1m area was swept down in order to see why there was such a difference in the number and type of inclusions visible in the north and south sections of this cut. Once swept, no soil difference was visible, so picking continued another 10cm.
It is difficult to know what to call this soil, perhaps a clayey, sandy loam.
The other area in which work was completed was I 34-37. Baulk trim was completed and then a small section of I 37 was removed in order to expose the foundations of the east wall of the south building. No material came from this area.
On the east side of I 37 work was also done in order to expose the eastern foundations of the east wall of the south building. On this side of the wall there was slightly more material, especially near the surface. Plaster, pottery fragments and bone were recovered, but only occasionally. Even after cutting back several centimeters toward the wester side of the east wall of the south building foundation stones were not exposed. The baulk was then trimmed and work ended in this area. On the eastern side of this wall a second course running under the exposed line of stones was exposed, but no others. The baulk was trimmed and then excavation also ended here. Only a few sherds of pottery and plaster fragments were recovered.
P/Q 39-40 116-136cm recovered approx. three handfuls of bone fragments. This quantity of bone was significantly more than any otehr area of P/Q 33-40.
I P/Q 39-40 the brown clayey sandy loam with carbon, plaster terracotta and ceramic inclusions continued. It was excavated to a depth of approximately 132cm below the R 40 grid peg. Then the sides of this cut were trimmed and excavation ended. One quarter of a cassetta of pottery and one litre latte carton of pottery was recovered.
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