June 15, 1985
A.M.Tile: 1, Pottery: 1/2
Work in the T-27 area was begun by scraping the area out on Friday of leaves and the thick humus layer that covered the slope. A number of tile fragments were found right on the surface. Directly to the west of T-27 at HI/63 a hole about 50 cm across was found with rocks to the sides and bottom and a piece of pottery inside. This was determined to be part of a fall or scrape material from above, perhaps part of a wall.
The initial trench was begun at JK/68-69. Topsoil was thick (~10 cm) and very brown and rooty. The entire area was quite clogged with roots at this and the lower level from the presence of so many trees. Small bits of very worn tile, plaster, and pottery were found. There are also small rocks in the soil.
The next cut (25-40 cm deep moving towards the north up the slope, i.e. the southern end of the trench measured ~25 cm in depth, the northern and farther up the slope edge ~40 cm) showed a greyish-brown claylike soil with many more stones. This quickly became a very dense layer extending from ~15-20 cm below the surface to the floor of the trench. The stones remained small with the same greyish-brown claylike soil. Removal became increasingly difficult. There was markedly little material found in this layer. There is the possibility of a moat with deliberate stone fill on this slope as on the northern and western sides. Perhaps the small stones mark
the beginning of such a moat. The stone layer was apparently heavier in the eastern sections.
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