June 19, 1987
We worked for an hour cleaning the floor of the south-east building.
In section MNO/71-77, we began our second cut. It was difficult as the surface was very rocky. These rockers were large, often boulders, and were removed when encountered. There was no evidence to suggest they were part of a wall system. Work slowed to mestaline and hammers when fragments of pan tile were found in 2 different places, N/71 and N/77. The former was removed, an example of a tile with the join visible. The latter was kept in situ for further excavation.
Four possible slingstones were recovered in the section NO/71-73.
Pottery finds were minimalÃ§ a pithos fragment and pieces of impasto.
In the end, only section NO/71-77 was taken down to the next stratum.
In section LM/78-81, work continued with mestaline and hammers in order to isolate the conglomeration of plaster and tile pieces found yesterday. In section L/78, fragments of a pithos were revealed, and in the vicinity was a piece of bucchero-a cooking bell fragment with part of the
Ivory was discovered in section L/80-81, along with the fragments of bone and carbonized material. One very fragmented piece was found when a rock was removed from the surface. It was embedded into the clay on the underside. In the vicinity were tile fragments, pieces of redware and a large plaster piece. A piece of plaster with reed marks and a flat edge was also found (LM780-81!).
Work continued, following the plants of the morning.
In section MNO/71-77, the second layer, 20 cm below the surface, continued to be excavated. Finds were limited to tile fragments, a bone (M/72-73), a piece of bucchero (N/72), a pithors rim fragment, 3 possible slingstones, and some assorted pottery fragments. The at was not completed due to the advent of rain, which caused work to halt.
In section LM/78-81, we continued excavating with mestaline and hammers. A few fragments of bronze sheet were found near a tile bed (L/79-80). Not much was accomplished on account of the rain. FInds were limited to bone pieces, large plaster pieces, a gray ware handle, bucchero pieces, and tile.
The soil in the section was dark brown, intermixed with burned material and red clay, as well as small roots.
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