Trench Conclusion 2001
The purpose of opening T28S was to ascertain the cause of the magnetic spike from the magnotometer survey, explore for either a kiln to bake roof tiles or the southern half of the tile fall from the collapse of the workshop, and if possible to determine the terrain of the area during its use phase. Excavation of T28S, while not complete, indicates that the tile spread might be both the cause of the magnetis spike anf\xecd the tile fall from the south half of the workshop roof. The rise of magnitvity from 195E, peaking at 197E and waning at 199E along 90S could in fact reflect the tile spread. The tile moves in an overall northeast-southwest direction (rouhly parallel to the workshop) and is most concentrated at 90S/197E, the intersection with the magnetic spike. As one moveseither east of west from that point, the drop in magnitivity appears to correlate with the distance of the tile spread from the 90S baseline. No concretely datable objects, such as architectural terracotta, or known stratigraphy have been discerned, but association finds suggest the spread to be relate to the mid seventh century. In particular, a stamped rochetto (2 p.89) was discovered within the tile spread roughly beneath a large well-preserved pan tile (1 p.87). The stamp it bore is of a
galloping horse that resembles known examples from the mid seventh century. Further exidence hopefully lies within the tile spread. The tile itself is situated in a white/grey soil with clay deposits and more tighly placed than the previous soils, but further excavation into extensions of T28S will help reveal the depth, slope and chronology of the soil. A surprise in T28S was the sudden and dramatic appearence of white, egg-shaped stoned with a chip in the bottom. These stones are interpreted to be slingstones based off a similar find in Rectangle 22 (JHI p.152): These stones were found above, within, to the north, and to the south of the tile spread, though mostly limited to 197E and eastward. The densest concentration occured south of the spread in locus eleven (m 90S/197.5-198E). What these signify will be further explored next season.
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