July 18, 2001
We began with pick passes in the 1.5 meter area again designated Locus 3. Digging was incredibly difficult because the area was packed tightly with fist sized stones, ranging from about 8-12 cm in size. By mid-morning, an unexpected bedrock level was discovered approximately 10 cm below the floor level. The wall appears to rest directly on top of the layer, raising some interesting questions about its construciton. Excavation in the T9 trench 10.5-12.5N, 215-218E will be halted for now and what was formally supposed to be T9 extenstion will be absorbed and further explored. The dimensions are 13-17N, 215-217E, although the meters 15-13N may be the only ones explored at the time. No material has been removed since we reached the floor.
An interesting prospect was decided on today as well. Approximately two meters and a half north of the area being excavated is a 5x5 meter area left untouched in the 70s. Tomorrow morning the area will be gridded and dropped in hopes of recovering more architectural sculpture such as was discovered then.
The southern side of the wall will be taken down to explore the stone pads discussed in TFI, in hopes of learning more about the nature of their placement.
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