Monday, August 2, 1993
AM work continued in two areas. In I 38-39 a cut was made through the plaster layer. It was decided that a cunt running up to the east wall of the south building would reveal more information than a cut through G-I 39. The beginning level of the cut was approximately 110cm from the surface at the G 41 grid peg. In I 39 approximately one half a litre latte carton of pottery was recovered, including two rim fragments that join and several body sherds which may belong to the same vessel.
When I 38 was excavated, galestra like soil was revealed at a higher level than in the rest of I 38-39. Given a choice between following the galestra like soil by excavating the remaining plaster or keeping
an even level in this part of the and observing the plaster layer in section, we decided upon the latter option.
In G-I 34-37 it was decided the discern whether the galestra like soil revealed on thursday, July 29 made up the floor of the south building. Of interest was the area in I 34 where a second pick pass had revealed clumps of soil which had pottery in them after a pick pass of 5cm had revealed nothing. In this morningÂ’s first pass a few sherds were recovered from I 34, but the rest of the cut in I 34-37 only revealed galestra like soil. After a cut of approximately 10cm across I 34-37, a sub-cut of 20cm was made in I 34. This cut revealed what the galestra like soil continued. It was excavated in this area to a depth of approximately 30cm.
At this point, when no new stratigraphy was revealed in the baulks created by I 34 excavation, all excavation in I 34-37 ceased. Five pieces of pottery and tile less than 1cm in diameter were recovered.
Excavation of P/Q 39-40 continued. This two meter area has usually had the least of the pottery and tile of the entire P/Q 34-40 extension. Work with pick and shovel is intended to discern how deep stratified soil goes on this end of the trench, since there is still a galestra like soil. The soil in this area was medium to dark brown and clayey with occasional bits of carbon
and very little tile or pottery fragments.
In the second pass in I 38-39 the plaster continued in I 39, but there was only a galestra like soil in I 38. The plaster in this second layer did not break into large chunks as it did on the first pass. Moreover, it was mixed in with clayey brown soil. The north baulk of this sub cut began to show clearly that the plaster layer was most shallow near the east wall of the south building and that in I 39 it was deeper and sat in a small narrow pit.
One 5cm (approx.) pass was completed in P/Q 39-40. Only a few fragments of pottery and tile (less than 1/4 litre latte carton) were recovered.
The excavation of I 38-39 down to the same level as G-I 39-40 was not complete at the end of the working day. One and one quarter cassetta of plaster fragments without reed impressions or other significant features were recovered. Also recovered were one and one half litre latte cartons of pottery and three quarters of a cassetta of reed impressed tile. One quarter of a cassetta of reed impressed tile with other finished edges was brought down to the house.
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