Daily Log Entry for Wednesday, 4 July 2007
WEDNESDAY, 4 JULY 2007
We started work in the trench by pulling up more terracotta. We saved large fragments and laid them out on the ground next to the trench to compare with other fragments and see if any join to form a complete tile. Several large fragments of pan tile in the NE area of the trench were removed, but they were so fractured & fragile that, although they were intact while in situ, they broke apart as we trowelled around and defined them. Several small bits of charcoal (1-2 cm long) were found in the area to the south of the rock feature. On Jason's advice, they were brought down to the magazino for analysis and possible conservation, but no coordinates were taken. A large pan tile in the area just to the NE of the center of the trench was found with 2 circular impressions on top of the flange. (Find #1) While working in the area to the south of the roped-off stone feature two marked pan tile fragments were found. One was actually a "bowl find" (find #2) and either has a fingerprint impression or the beginings of a letter. The other pantile contains two grooved impressions and
may preserve part of a letter. (Find #3) We mostly extracted tiles from the tile spread and only moved a little amount of dirt but the soil continues to remain medium brown and is hardpacked. It contains inclusions of small-medium sized rocks, pottery, bone, and terracotta. Carbon/charcoal was also present throughout the trench, but large amounts came up in the area next to the SE corner of the roped-off stone feature. High concentractions of bone were present in the NE corner, while large amounts of pottery were extracted in the southern area of the trench. Bulk pottery finds from this area included a fragment of the stem of a chalice and a pithos fragment. The soil was very mottled under the terracotta in the NE tile spread.
MORNING FINDS CONT\'D:
Light pick passes were made in the area just to the SW of the center in order to level the trench. While doing this, we found a strange piece of terracotta. (Find #4). It contains an
impression with a 90 degree corner, and seems unlikely to be a chance break or inclusion remnant. For the rest of the day we defined and extracted tiles from the tile spreads in the trench. A sherd of pottery was found in the area to the north of the center of the trench which connects with another sherd found earlier in the day. Both are rim fragments and join to form about a third of what must have been a vessel with an opening that had a 30-40 cm diameter. Another sherd was found which is the fragment of a base. So far none of the tile fragments join to a complete tile or tile profile.
AFTERNOON FINDS CONT\'D:
- 13 Bowls Terracotta
- 1 1/3 Latte Box Pottery
- 3/4 Latte Box Bone
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