July 29, 1998
Work was begun removing the 50 cm wide baulk left in the south half of S24/E136-137.
The upper layer of soil (Locus 45) was medium brown in color and the upper few centimeters were thickly matted with grass roots. 22 fragments of tile and 1/2 of a latte box of ceramic and bone fragments were recovered in the removal of this stratum.
At a depth of 43-45 cm b.d., rising to approximately 40 and 36 cm in the center and northwest corner of the baulk, a layer of yellowish soil (Locus 46) was exposed. This stratum produced 28 fragments of tile and approximately 1/2 of a latte box of pottery and bone.
Beneath this yellowish soil, a layer of darker soil with carbon inclusions was revealed (Locus 47) at a depth of 52-55 cm b.d. and 59 cm b.d. in the northeast corner. 7 1/2 latte boxes of pottery and bone, including numerous large fragments of coarseware, and 108 bits of tile and plaster were recovered in the work.
Underlying this dark brown carbon-filled soil in E137/S24 -- mainly the eastern 75 cm -- was a layer of pinkish
plaster, appearing at a depth of 61 cm b.d., which is a continuation of the plaster feature (Locus 33) in E138-139. Further west, a large stone (80 cm by 35 cm) was revealed, its upper surface appearing at 61.5 cm b.d. There are also several other large stones (approx. 40 x 30 cm) immediately to the north and east of it. The soil between the stones appeared to be greenish brown, but was not excavated.
Work was also done in E139-40/S23-24 defining the grouping of flat stones (Locus 34). The soil surrounding the stones was dark brown with carbon inclusions (Locus 41). On the south side of the formation, several pieces of tile were found to underlay in part, the stones. Also, several fragments of ceramic and bone were visible in the soil beneath the stones and the soil itself was consistent with that designated Locus 41.
This work produced 15 small tile fragments and 1/3 of a latte box of pottery and bone fragments.
- Find #1
- 56 cm b.d.
- Locus 47
Possible italo-corinthian plate fragment
- Find #2
- 65 cm b.d.
- Locus 41
- Find #3
- 67 cm b.d.
- Locus 47
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