Friday, June 22, 2007
Before ground was broken, a large concentration of rocks on the surface of the trench were removed. These were deposited in the aforementioned dump to the north of the trench ( page 19 ) and it was decided that this would funtion as the permanent dirt dump\xf2 for the trench. Additionally, a tile dump, which will also be utilized by T-46 , was established approximately 10 meters to the NW of T-48.
While the rocks were being removed from the surface of T-48, the western baulk wall of T-23, which also functions as the eastern boundary of T-48, was trimmed, in order to better reveal the stratigraphy that will be encountered. Tile and plaster were counted using the same bowl that will be used for T-48, and all pottery and bone was brought down to the magazino. No special finds were recovered from the baulk.
After the western baulk of T-23 had been trimmed and the sruface rocks had been removed from T-48, the firest pick pass of Locus 1 was made. This was done with a pick axe, with soil shovelled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow. The soil is dark brown and is itself fairly loose, but is held together by a large amount of grass roots\xf2 it is the humus layer. During this pick pass, a possible akroterion fragment (Find #1) was recovered.
- Find #1
- Locus 1
- 27.702m A.E.
- Possible cut-out akroterion fragment
It was clear that in the morning, the entirety of the humus layer had been removed, and so it was decided to close Locus 1 and open Locus 2 throughout the entirety of the trench. Closing photos for Locus 1 /opening photos for Locus 2 , as well as elevations, were taken.
- NW corner: 35.3cm b.d. (27.84m A.E.)
- NE corner: 52cm b.d. (27.67m A.E.)
- Center: 49cm b.d. (27.70m A.E.)
- SE corner: 50.5cm b.d. (27.685m A.E.)
- SW corner: 49cm b.d. (27.70m A.E.)
Locus 2 is comprised of a slightly lighter, more olive-brown and more claylike soil than that of Locus 1 . Many rocks and roots are still rpesent, although the roots belong ot trees and bushes, unlike the grass roots of Locus 1 .
A complete pick pass of the trench was made, starting in the south of the trench and working north. Soil was shovelled into buckets and sorted directly over the wheelbarrow. Once the first pick pass aws cleaned up and all the dirt sorted and removed, a second pick pass was made. The soil remained the same and was sorted the same way as in the first pick pass. Thus far Locus 2 ahs yielded relatively little material. The material that has been recovered is predominantly terracotta roofing tiles, with a small amount of pottery; so far, Locus 2 has not produced any bone. A modern roofing tile was found in this locus, as well as ancient material, indicating that
this is not a truly stratified deposit. Closing elevations for the day were taken:
- NW corner: 43cm b.d.
- NE corner: 48.5cm b.d.
- Center: 58.5cm b.d.
- SE corner: 56.5cm b.d.
- SW corner: 50cm b.d.
T-23 Baulk Trim:
- Tile and Plaster: 1.5 bowls
- Pottery: 22 sherds
- Bone: 1 piece
T-48 Locus 1 :
- Tile and Plaster: 2 bowls
- Pottery: 9 sherds
- Bone: 0 pieces
T-48 Locus 2 :
- Tile and Plaster: 1 bowl
- Pottery: 8 sherds
- Bone: 0 pieces
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