21 July 2017
Work began using hand picks and trowels to level out the extension and look for soil corresponding to Locus 3. Due to it appearing that stones in Locus 4 and 6 are related both to one another and to stones in CA89, all stone features across CA87 loci are being defined and the soil between them is being very carefully removed and sorted. All potentially diagnostic bone will also be found. A diagnostic bone fragment was found.
Special Find #27: diagnostic bone
Two more diagnostic bone fragments were found.
Special Find #28: diagnostic bone
Special Find # 29: diagnostic bone
More of the porous non-native stone was found.
Special Find #30: non-native stone
Another diagnostic bone was found
Special Find #31: diagnostic bone
While defining further in Locus 4, a diagnostic bone was found.
Special Find #32: diagnostic bone
In Locus 6, more non-native stone was found.
Special Find #33: non-native stone
More of the stone was found in two places.
Special Find #34: non-native stone
Special Find #35: non-native stone
Still in Locus 6, a diagnostic bone and decorated rocchetto fragment were found.
Special Find #36: diagnostic bone
Special Find #37: decorated rocchetto
Some carbon was found near the SW corner of Locus 6. More was revealed in the same area. Some lighter, hard packed soil was uncovered in the S end of the extension, adjacent to the Locus 4 stone feature. The surrounding soil will be brought to level carefully using trowels to determine if it is an ancient surface. In Locus 6, a partially vitrified piece of terra cotta was found.
Special Find #38: partially vitrified terra cotta
Work continued scraping the locus down carefully with trowels to the level of the possible surface. Some concentration of pottery sherds is being found in one spot, around 1m from the N wall of the extension and 75cm from the W. The surface seems possibly deliberate, and so it was decided to clean up the locus, defining stones, clipping roots, and trimming the baulk. Any finds from the baulks will be treated as coming from a separate locus. Approximately 3 buckets worth of Locus 6 soil was set aside for flotation testing. While trimming, more porous stone was found in Locus 6.
Special Find #39: non-native stone
Any additional stone like this will be collected in bulk. Closing elevations were taken.
Closing Elevations (extension):
NW: 26.86 mAE
NE: 26.98 mAE
SE: 26.87 mAE
SW: 26.76 mAE
End of Day Totals:
Terra Cotta: 1 piece
Bone: 2 fragments
Terra Cotta: ¼ bowl
Pottery: 46 sherds
Bone: 64 fragments
Terra Cotta: 1/8 bowl
Pottery: 10 sherds
Bone: 10 sherds
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