June 17, 1987
Section LM/78-81 was cleared to 60-65 cm below the surface. We encountered an area with a build-up of plaster chunks (M/79), many with finished edges. These may have been part of a wall or roofing system, as many contained reel marks. We also found a pan tile with a high flange, perhaps part of a raking sima (M/78-79). Pieces of burned pottery appeared in the area of L/80-81.
Finds consisted of tile fragments, smaller pieces of terracotta and plaster, a large pithos fragment, several pieces of bucchero (M/79) or buccheros, possible sling stones, and an assortment of pottery. When swept, the floor of the section contained evidence of a high terracotta/carbon content, along with vary rocks visible.
The line of rocks runs along the length of the section, especially in area L/78-81. These rocks were large boulder types, along with smaller
pieces. the tile and carbonized terracotta pieces along with the carbon were forms intertwined with the rocks.
Section NO/72-77 was swept down and photographed, in order to highlight the predominance of rocks in the stratum 20-30 cm below the surface.
Work continued in section LM/78-81, bringing the horizontal level down to the stratum 70-75 cm below the surface. We immediately encountered a thick layer of carbonized material, terracotta, plaster, and rocks. A small very fragmented piece of ivory was found and work slowed. Pieces of bucchero increased in number, including a handle fragment. A large piece of burnt pithos base was also found (M/78). This burn layer is interesting because it is so high from the floor level. Interspersed within it were scattered fragments of tile, but no evidence of a tile fall. A sample of the burn material was taken and bought down from (L/79). Much of the pottery recovered also contained evidence of burning (red ware and bucchero), especially in the section L/80-81.
Numerous pieces of bone were also found including a section of jaw, but nothing which looked hand-worked.
Tile count: 2 cassettas
Pottery count: 2 boxes
- Find #2
- depth of 70-75 cm
bucchero with stamp decoration
- Find #4
- depth of 65-70 cm
cooking pot fragment
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