Began morning by opening the western sector of the trench. Roughly Â¾ of this sector is depressed, as it is a part of an earlier trench.
While clearing away leaves and roots for the o pening photographs of locus 1 in this sector, a possible piece of a pan tile was found in the northwest sector, fairly thick with one finished side and a ridge (not a special find, but worth noting). One piece of a sima was also found laying on the topsoil layer, completely exposed.
Special Find #1
28.59 m A.E.
144.64 E / 35.4 S
Elevations for the eastern sector of the trench were then taken, including five extra coordinates that mark the center of the trench as well as the points that mark the beginning of the dirt depressions in the trench.
(DIAGRAM w/ coordinates)
After the morning break, both sides of the trench were cleaned and were lowered to locus 2, due to a change in soil color (dark to light brown) and change in consistency (crumbly with less roots). Patches of root rot still abound.
Opening Elevations for Locus 2:
136 E / 34 S (NW) = 28.63 m A.E.
136 E / 36 S (SW) = 28.62 m A.E.
139 E / 34.5 S (NE) = 28.51 m A.E.
141.26 E / 36 S (SE) = 28.47 m A.E.
(Only four elevations were taken, because the surface at the remaining coordinates was not affected due to depressions in both the western and eastern sectors, as well as an unmovable patch of soil in the center around a small group of trees.)
The first pick pass of locus 2 began along the western wall of the west sector, one meter across. Three segments of a frieze plaque, one with a nail hole, were found along the south wall of the western sector (find #3), dislodged during the first pick pass. Soil remains a light brown, more clay-like in consistency, with two circular patches of a lighter brown soil noticed in the northwest sector of the trench.
We continued a pick pass through locus 2, beginning from the west, and moved completely through to the eastern sector. The soil is still full of root rot, especially in the western sector. The stump in the northwest sector of the west side was removed. Soil color remains light brown in the west, not as dark as the east, most likely due to the overwhelming amount of root rot in the west.
Today, five special finds were made.
Special Find #2
140.63 E / 35.85 S
Special Find #3
Three segments of frieze plaque
136.63 E / 36 S
Special Find #4
137.48 E / 35.26 S
Special Find #5
28.47 E / 36.55 S
Daily Material Totals:
1 bowl of terracotta
12 sherds of pottery
1 piece of bone
1 piece of baulk wall pottery
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