Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Work began by axing out part of the stump in the SW corner of the trench. Axes were used to cleave through a large part of the stump projecting outward while pick axes were used to remove soil from around and beneath the stump. Periodically soil that was loosened was shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow. Some tile and pottery was found.
Once a portion of the stump was removed, it was decided to pick in the western meters of the trench, where the trench floor was noticeably higher and where soil is still loose dump soil. Although loose, soil is becoming a slightly darker brown. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted in the wheelbarrow. High quantities of tile and pottery are still being recovered. During this pick pass a piece of bucchero that may be incised (Find #1) was recovered.
\xb7 Locus 1
\xb7 Incised bucchero
Work continued with another pick pass of the western half of the trench, where the trench floor was highest. Soil is becoming a darker brown, more claylike soil, with some white limestone inclusions. There is also a patch of charcoal in the SW corer of the trench, near the stump. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted in the wheelbarrow. Fairly high quantities of tile and pottery were recovered during this pick pass, but there is noticeably less tile and pottery than in previous pick passes.
Once all the soil of this pick pass was removed and sorted, it was decided to trim baulk walls in preparation for the closing of Locus 1 and the opening of Locus 2 . Locus 1 will be closed because soil is becoming darker, more claylike, with white inclusions, contains smaller grass roots that likely are the humous layer underlying the
dirt dump, and because fewer materials are being recovered. Baulk walls are trimmed using hand picks and soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow.
Once baulk walls were trimmed, the trench was scraped down with trowels to remove the last of the Locus 1 soil. When this was done, closing photos and elevations for Locus 1 /opening photos and elevations or Locus 2 were taken. Locus 1 was closed and Locus 2 opened across the entire trench.
\xb7 NW corner: 27.29mAE
\xb7 NE corner: 27.22mAE
\xb7 SE corner: 27.09mAE
\xb7 SW corner: 27.19mAE
Locus 2 was opened across the entire trench. A pick pass was begun in the northern meters of the trench. The soil of Locus 2 is dark brown with white limestone inclusions, claylike, and contains some small roots and many rocks, particularly in the northern meters of the trench it is likely that this soil was the topsoil atop which the dirt dump
was located. Soil continued to be shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow. A fair amount of tile and pottery was recovered, although less materials were recovered than in Locus 1 While picking, a notched pan tile with a rounded notch (Find #2) was recovered.
\xb7 Locus 2
\xb7 Notched pan tile with rounded notch
Locus 1 :
\xb7 Tile: 2 bowls
\xb7 Pottery: 36 sherds
\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments
\xb7 Tile: 2/3 bowl
\xb7 Pottery: 3 sherds
\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments
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