June 11, 1983
Meters X,Y,Z-65,66 continued to be cleaned with hammer and mestaline in an effort to expose the "floor." This work yielded an akroterion fragment in meter X-66 at ~50cm. This piece lay somewhat below what looks like "floor," suggesting that the "floor" has deteriorated here or that what is thought to be floor is in actuality plaster. The "floor" or plaster was partially dug into (to a depth of of ~10cm) in meter X-66. The material, be it "floor" or plaster was soft and hollow sounding. There is an area that appears to be "good" flat floor in X-65,66. Perhaps it has been washed away in some portions towards the south. Note that the akroterion lay adjacent to the column base in Y-65,66. A few pottery fragments were found during this morning's work
in these meters.
A definite flat, hard "floor" was encountered in X-62 and was exposed around the column base in X-62 with metalina. This floor is covered by light soil containing much smaller plaster, some carbon.
A fragment of lateral sima was uncovered in W-62 at ~60cm beneath the fill earth placed there last year. This piece was accidentally broken and more of it remains in the ground--perhaps the large tile uncovered last year in this meter by Gary Dunham (see GD Book II). If so, this may be another nearly complete lateral sima pan tile like the one discovered yesterday in meters X-63/64, at ~50cm.
The tile above the lateral sima in meters X-63/64 was lifted and carried to the magazzino. The area immediately adjacent to the lateral sima was cleared to expose the
sima fully. The earth surrounding it contained much plaster, large and small pieces, and was light in color. There appears to be a back edge to the sima tile. However, the terracotta (if it is terracotta) of the back of the tile has degenerated and is as soft as soil. Measurements of tile:
Back edge to end of mouth: 81cm
Back edge to outside of front lateral sima flange: 74cm
Maximum width (outside of flange to ourside of flange): 55 1/2cm
Width across front (outside of sima flange to outside of sima flange): 54cm.
Nearly the entire sima was brushed with PVA emulsion, lifted, and carried to the magazzino. Immediately beneath the tile was black soil. For photo documentation of its removal see pg 148-151.
Lateral sima pan tile with jaw of "rabbit" attachment preserved (consolidated and carried down in pieces to the magazzino). Many breaks in the tile which must be conserved and glued. General shape given at left.
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