July 28, 1991
Clearing with mestaline and brush continued in meter J/11. Since the soil in this meter now consists entirely of galestra, however, it was soon decided to switch from mestalina to hammer and brush. At the end of the morning the meter had been excavated to a depth of 93 cm. No material was recovered from the galestra soil. In addition, careful sweeping of the western baulk between meters I-J/11 revealed no trace in the profile as yet of the roasting pit on the other side. Cearing also continued in the area of the stone concentration in meters J/13-14 to a depth of 115 to 118 cm. Clearing revealed the density of the concentration of stones
began to taper off at around 115 cm. in meters J/13-14. In addition, the stones themselves wer relatively smaller in size than those encountered at higher levels. The soil around the stones was dark brown in color and now contained only a light concentration of carbonized wood and small pieces of disintegrated plaster. Moreover, patches of galestra began to appear at a depth of ca. 188 cm. both in the northeastern corner of meter J/14 and along the southern edge of meter J/13. The amount of material recovered also showed a notable decrease. Only one half of a box of impasto sherds and one quarter of a box of bone was discovered in the dark brown soil. In addition, no vitrified tile or bone was found.
Clearing with brush and mestalina continued in meter J/12 to a depth of ca. 80 cm. The soil in the meter remained dark brown in color and was of a very dense consistency. In addition, the soil contained a light concentrati of carbon and many small roots. One quarter of a box of impasto and oragneware sherds were discovered in teh dark brown soil.
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