July 14, 2003
We continued today in locus 3, the galestra-like layer. Pick passes were taken and soil was sorted with trowels into buckets
Fairly quickly I located the end of the galestra-like soil, therefore we continued by scraping down and exposing the next soil layer throughout the trench.
All galestra was removed and the baulk walls were trimmed. The trench was swept down in preparation to close locus 3.
Locus 3: Open July 11th - July 14th 2003
Closing elevations for locus 3 in absolute elevation are as follows:
Find Totals for Locus 3:
1 very full Cassetta of terracotta
16 Sherds of pottery
1 Special find - Bronze piece
The soil of locus 3 was all galestra-like, possibly redeposited, but not sterile as one may expect. It was more concentrated and in a thicker layer at the east end of the trench near the large stump. The east end had a more shallow deposit of galestra-like soil.
We continued excavating now by moving into locus 4. We began at the west end of the trench. Opening elevations for locus 4 are as follows:
The soil is medium brown with less roots than earlier cuts. A few stones are present, but not many. This is likely the archaic level we are now excavating.
I will also open locus 5, which will be defined as the area around and underneath the large stump on the east end of the trench. Locus 5 will remain open until the
stump is removed. We will begin the process of undermining the roots and removing underneath the stump. All material finds will be from locus 5.
Opening depths of locus 5 are as follows:
The stump area is from 27.92 abs. elev. to 27.99, above ground level because of its large size.
We began on the stump in the afternoon by picking underneath and removing soil and roots. We worked on this a while and removed some material; 5 pieces of terracotta and 4 sherds of pottery, 3 of which join together.
We continued the afternoon with a full pick pass into locus 4. Cleaned and sifted with the trowel. A very interesting piece has emerged in locus 4.
- Find #1
- 27.45 abs.elev.
- Intact bronze bracelet with three long bits of the clasping mechanism preserved. A series of bronze rings curled into 3 coils each are attached to one another to form the bracelet.
I excavated the piece with dirt left all around it to protect it until it reaches the lab, therefore, it may have more interesting details on it. It seems to be complete, intact with the clasp still attached. It was found in locus 4, which seems to be the archaic layer, possibly destruction layer.
The day ended clearing and sifting in locus 4. The soil in this level is light brown with rocks and roots. For the first time in this trench, we are finding charcoal. Also, bone has been emerging in very small amounts.
Today in locus 4 we found 1/4 cassetta of terracotta, 29 worn pot sherds, mostly coarseware, and 1 special find; the bronze bracelet.
Ending elevations for 7/14:
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