June 24, 1998
Work continued removing the last of the backfill in the area of last year's excavations, meters E136-139/S25-28. The plastic was then removed. The baulks were cleaned of backfill and erosional soil. 3 fragments of ceramic and 3 small bits of terracotta were recovered. The ceramic fragments were taken to the magazzino.
The deep sounding trench that was dug in S26/E136-137 beneath the orientalizing floor was partially cleaned. Several of the surrounding baulks had been compacted and some soil had collapsed. In cleaning this soil up, an impasto finial (#1) was recovered. Its exact stratigraphic position could not be ascertained, but it is certain that it came from beneath the orientalizing floor.
Following the clean-up of last year's excavations, the area immediately to the north was gridded out in preparation for excavation. Grid points were set out along S21 from E136-139 with the transit shooting from PC6. The area of the trench was then laid out by triangulation. The area to be excavated this season falls within
meters of E136-140/S23-24 and is bounded by the northern and western walls of R14. For the time being, only meters E138-139/S23-24 will be excavated.
The datum point was re-established. The same datum that was used during the previous two seasons will be used again this season.
- Find #1
- 81-113 cm b.d.
Depths were taken in meters E136-140/S23-24 and the average surface depth is 27-30 cm b.d. This level is consistent with that left by previous excavation in R14, and should be consistent to the level of the archaic floor level.
A shallow cut, approximately 5 cm deep, was begun on the sotuhern side of E138-139/S24. Approximately 70 cm of meter S24 were removed. This soil was thickly matted with roots of grass and, as such, was similar to topsoil. The soil was greyish-brown in color. This soil has been designated Locus 30.
(It should be noted that the system of locus designation will be continued from last season.)
8 fragments of ceramic, 1 bone fragment, and 23-25 small, worn fragments of tile were recovered.
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