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June 12, 1990


A 10cm. topsoil cut was taken in meters A-C/4, extending the trench to the north.  The soil in the cut was dark brown in color and contained a large amount of small rocks and roots.  One quarter cassetta of small pieces of worn tile and a few worn pieces of impasto pottery were discoverd in the cut.  A second 10cm. cut was then taken in meters A-C/4, extending the depth of the trench in this area to ca. 20cm.  The soil in the cut remained dark brown in color with many small rocks.  One half cassetta of worn tile, including several burned fragments, were discovered.  In addition, a small concentration of worn impasto sherds, including several burned pieces, were discovered in meter A/4.

The balk in meter A/1 was cleaned down for photographs.  A few pieces of orange impasto pottery and a single, small piece of bronze were discovered in the east balk.  Further cleaning of the east and south balks revealed a distinct soil change from dark brown to \'medium\' brown soil occuring at a depth of ca. 25-30cm.  In order to further define the extent of this medium brown stratum, the soil in meter A/2 was cleaned down with a mistalina.  Notably, no trace of this medium brown soil was uncovered in meter A72.  Instead, the soil in meter A/2 was light brown to grey in color and of clay-like consistency.  This light brown/grey soil first appeared at a depth of ca. 35cm, below the stratum of dark brown soil above.  No material was discovered in the light brown/grey soil.  It would

appear therefore that this medium brown stratum is restricted to meter A/1.

Regridding of CA 33

Because of the highly interesting nature of the features and material uncovered in the southeast corner of CA33 it was decided to enlarge the testing area.  In order to facilitate this a grid system was estrablished to cover the entire eastern half of the cleared area of the slope- an area encompassing approximately 15x25 meters.  A datum reference point was established by extending a line 13m. south, upslope, from the southwest corner of the excavated area (previously noted as C/1) to the southern edge of the cleared area of the slope, which is occupied by a roadbed, and by extending a line from that point 6 meters perpendicular to the west.  The datum reference point was established by sinking an iron bar into a bedrock formation.

This new grid was established in direct reference to the previously excavated area to facilitate its incorporation into the new grid system.  Within this new grid system the area of CA 33 previously designated as A-C/1-4 will now be identified as G-I/12-15.

N.B: (7/28/90)  The iron bar denoting the fixed point for the CA 33 grid was removed and replaced by orange paint by the architect.


A third 10 cm. cut was taken in meters G-I715.  The soil in the cut remained dark brown in color with many rocks and roots.  One quarter of a cassetta of small pieces of worn tile and one half of a box of weathered impasto and coarseware sherds were discovered in the dark brown soil.  In addition, a few small pieces of burned impasto and a light concentration of carbonized wood were removed from the eastern corner of meter I/15.  An additional cut was also taken in meters G-I/13 to a depth of ca. 40cm.  The soil remained light-brown in color and posessed an even greater clay-like consistency than mentioned this morning.  This type soil would appear to constitue a \'near\'-galestra.  No material was recovered in the light-brown to grey soil.  The discovery of galestra surrounding the medium-brown soil in I/12 to the north and west may indicate

that the deposit of medium brown soil represents the remains of a pit-like formation dug into the natural galestra soil.

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