June 14, 1971
Tesoro Rectangle 7
Excavation was begun in Rectangle 7 according to the principles laid down for the rectangles 6 and 13 which were excavated in 1970 (see opposite page for a sketch of the rectangle to be excavated. The "doorway" between Rectangles 6 and 7 will be left as a dike for the present..). This rectangle borders onto Rectangle 6, to the south. The walls of the western flank of the sanctuary define the edges of the trench. The grid system thus relates to the rectangle itself, allowing for the varying width of the surrounding wall. See
Rectangle 7 equals the part of the Agger which was excavated in 1968 as Agger 2 by Penny Small (see PS I pp. 50 ).The main point of interest in the wall structure of Agger 2 was the doorway in Agger 2C, see plan in PS book 1, p. 50 . Rectangle 7 thus was two doorways, one in the northern wall, see plan on the previous page, and one in the eastern wall.
The stratificiation used for Rectangle 7 will be described according to the strata noticed in the other rectangles. See IEG book 2 pp. 37
Str. A indicates the "pave-
ment." Gray chalk-like so8il, mixed with small stones. No or very few finds.
Str. B brown soil and specks of carbon.
Str. C. yellow soil, no carbon.
Str. D. Darlk brown soil.
Chunks of carbon.
These four strata were identified in Rectangle 13. In Rectangle 6, however, only strata A and D were noticed.
Penny Small notes on p. 90 that a number of pithos fragments occurred at the "eastern end of the ship" in Section C of Agger 2. She compares these to the pithos fragments found in trench TIU. This area in Agger 2
was covered up, and some fragments buried in test trench 8 in Tesoro 1, along the southern wall of the northern flank of the building, that is immediately to the east of the grid A1 in Rectangle 7.
In order to define the extent of the pithos and also the mud wall excavated in Rectangle 6 the first cut was made in grid A-F 3, that is a one-meter ship, starting at the doorway between R6 and R7 going across the width of the rectangle. The sides of the rectangle measure A-F 1: 5.40 m; A 1-7: 6.50 m; A-F7: 5.55 m.; F 1-7: 6.40 m.
After the excavated surface of grid A-F 3 had been swept and cleaned the first layer was taken off. Only in grid D-E 3 there appeared pockets of Str. A, that in the grey stony soil with few finds. As for the rest of the cut a dark brown soil with carbon and much pottery tiles, and pithos fragments appeared at a depth of only a few centimeters. We were thus confronted immediately with str D, as could be expected since Penny Small had found pithos fragments in her cut.
fragements were gathered. 1 strawberry carton with bones.
2 boxes (strawberry cartons) with mostly plain bucchero of good quality, and a few impasto sherds of special interest were:
- grid C3
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