July 5, 2005
Excavation continued in locus 4 . Large pieces of coarse ware were turning up in the SW sector of the trench. This area was designated locus 5 . Its co-ordinates are 177.25-177.75-E/51.35-51.85-S with a starting absolute elevation of 27.28 m. Three layers of coarse ware sherds were defined, photographed and removed. The bottom most layer was also drawn. Layer one was at 27.28 m. above absolute elevation, layer two was at 27.22 m. above absolute elevation, layer three was at 27.16 m. above absolute elevation. After the last pieces were removed the locus was cleaned, photographed and closed with the following co-ordinates: 177.25-177.75-E/51.35-51.85-S with a closing depth of 27.13 m. above absolute elevation.
The soil of locus 5 was similiar to that of locus 4 at the top (brownish-yellow-grainy), but then changed to a mottled consistency at the bottom (red, white, black and orange specks in the soil). Several pottery sherds that were not coarse ware were found along with a small quantity of terracotta fragments. The coarse ware fragments recovered from locus 5 were designated special find #5.
From locus 4 two bowls (24 cm. in diameter, 7 cm. in depth) of terracotta fragments were recovered. Approximately 1/6 latte box of bone was recovered and approximately 1.5 latte boxes of pottery sherds, some of which are coarse ware that appears to belong to the coars ware found in locus 5.
The trench was lowered approximately 5 cm. Four special finds were made in this locus (#1: Sherd with cutout, #2: Pietra Fetida fragment, #3: Transport Amphora rim fragment, #4: Pea-like object). Also, a small piece of slag with bronze flecks was found.
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