July 15, 1998
Continued work in area of E136-137/S25 trimming baulks and leveling floor area. This work will be continued ni the afternoon and material recovery will be recorded at that time.
Work also continued drawing the plan of the trench floor in E138-139/S23-24. The features were plotted and elevations taken.
Preparations were also made for drawing the section on the east side of the trench in meters E139/S23-24.
Completed drawing the section.
The area to the east of this section was gridded out in preparation for excavation. The trench will be extended approximately 60 cm to the east to the edge of the Upper Building wall dividing R14 in order to expose more of the orientalizing floor level, the pinkish plaster concentration, and to explore the enxtent of the stones (Locus 34).
Work was begun lowering the west 60 cm of meters E140/S23-24. The surface depth in this area, which should be consistent with the level of the archaic floor, was 31-39 cm b.d. The soil was grayish-brown and was matted with grass roots (Locus 37). This work produced 4 fragments of ceramic, 1 of bone, and 7 of terracotta.
The work in E136-137/S25 was completed. The area was leveled to approximately 111-114 cm b.d. The northern half of these meters is occupied by an extremely large stone, the lower edge of which has not been discovered. The soil in E137/S25, south of the rock, is a yellowish brown sterile soil with inclusions of small white stones (1-2 cm or smaller) (Locus 36), while
in the area of E136/S25, with the exception of the easternmost 10-15 cm, the reddish brown clayey soil (Locus 35) is still visible on the trench floor. However, it did not produce any material.
Baulk trimming in the area of E136-137/S25-26 produced 14 ceramic fragments, 8 bone fragments, and 15 bits of terracotta and plaster.
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