July 21, 2011
July 21, 2011
Continuing to excavate Locus 2 to explore the extent of rocks in it, both the large slab of rock near the northeast corner and twenty to thirty centimeter in length rocks near the southwest corner. Pick pass begun in the northern meter where the soil pack is currently higher. Soil sorted and cleaned from the trench. One pocket of deteriorating white rock found in nearly the center of the trench, consistent with yesterday's location. In cleaning, finding terra cotta and pottery. Also found one piece of worked chert.
Find 1: Worked Chert Fragment
Also in cleaning found a piece of impasto with a molded decoration.
Find 2: Impasto Fragment with Molded Decoration
Another rounded river rock also found during cleaning.
Find 3: Rounded River Stone
Cleaning has also revealed more rock in the northwestern corner, and several other pockets of deteriorating rock. The rocks are similar in size and distribution to those in the southwest. Picking done in the southern three meter by one meter. Rocks present in the southwest corner, and seem only to appear on the western side of the trench. At this level it is difficult to see any packing or regularity to them, but they will continue to be defined. Soil sorted and cleaned from the trench consistent
with Locus 2 . Terra cotta and pottery being found. A couple more pockets of deteriorating rock are being uncovered too. In cleaning found some bone fragments associated with small flecks of carbon. Because this was the first bone found, and a seemingly significant assemblage, it was made a find.
Find 4: Bone Fragments
Began troweling around the rocks in the western half of the trench. In definition of the northwest corner found another rounded river rock.
Find 5: Rounded River Stone
Supplemental find of iron slag found in the terra cotta bowl, probably coming initially from the northwest (with modern breaks).
Find 6: Iron Slag Fragment
Locus 2, supplemental find
Approximately 29.70-29.75m A.E.
During definition along the western wall found another fragment of worked chert.
Find 7: Worked Chert Fragment
During definition finding terra cotta and pottery. Overall, more pottery has been found today than in past days, so it seems the concentration of pottery is increasing. Also continuing to find deteriorating rock pockets in the western area, and the pockets have pottery within them, indicating former disturbance. Another piece of bone found from the same location as the last, and assumed to be associated, so consolidated with Find 4.
Find 4: Bone Fragments
Pick pass done in the northeast corner to expose more of the large rock slab and hopefully expose roots to be removed. Continuing to define the rocks in the western area of the trench, leveling down there to the level now achieved in the eastern half. Terra cotta and pottery
being found, as well as deteriorating rock in patches. Rocks still don't appear to be closely packed, but more troweling should reveal more detail.
After consultation it was decided the rocks were not significant and would be removed by pick axe from the trench. The western half of the trench leveled to the same level as the east. Soil cleaned and sorted from the trench, consistent with Locus 2 . Terra cotta and pottery found. Also in cleaning found a piece of iron slag.
Find 8: Iron Slag Fragment
In leveling the northwest corner found a piece of Medieval pottery.
Find 9: Medieval Pottery Fragments
Simultaneously with the leveling, dirt is being removed around the large stone in the northeast corner in preparation to potentially lift it if possible. In leveling in the west found some bone, which again has been scarce in this area (not collected as a find, simply noted).
Area around the large stone cleaned in preparation for photography. Photographs taken of the stone feature. Hand picking done around the stone to reveal its extent. After twenty centimeters it was clear the bottom of the stone was not going to appear quickly,
so began leveling the trench everywhere to the depth of the hand picking. Pick pass done in the eastern half of the trench. Soil sorted and cleaned from the trench, and appears to be deteriorating rock everywhere in the east, with little material being found. What material is found is coming from the Locus 2 soil overlying the deteriorating rock, or from between roots around the large stone. Roots clipped.
Pottery: 300 sherds
Bone: 2 (in many fragments, but two original pieces; one piece is antler)
Terra cotta: 2 bowls
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