Tuesday, August 3, 1993
AM work continued on P/Q 38-40 with pick and shovel. The soil continued to be the same type as yesterday, a brown clayey soil with occasional pieces of carbon and NOT very much tile, pottery, or plaster.
The last of the cut in I 38-39 was also finished. This is soil was a galestra like soil, which, when work proceeded down to the floor level, was smoothed with a trowel. The sides of the cut were then smoothed so that they could be photographed and drawn.
This plaster feature is an interesting one insection. The plaster from the wall covers the entire area of G-I 38-39. However it is only about 5cm deep in the westernmost 30cm of I 38. Then the plaster feature descends into a "pit" which is approximately 80cm wide and 22cm deep. This "pit" or "trough"
is clearly visible in the north and south sections of I 38-39. It was most likely caused by water runoff from the roof or by constant foot traffic, or both. When the wall collapsed, the plaster collected in this "trough".
The bottom sides of the "trough" are lined with a layer of carbonized material, probably plaster, which is about 2cm deep. This carbonized layer sits directly on top of the galestra like soil taht was removed from the bottom of this cut in I 38-39. On top of this carbonized layer is a plaster which is a deep orange or rust colored with occasional bits of carbon, and on top of this the plaster is a lighter, pinker color all the way up until the surface.
That this plaster feature can be seen in both the north and
south section suggests that it lies along the entire length of the east wall of the south building.
When this area of I 38-39 was finished only 1 sherd of pottery and litre latte carton of plaster, some of it reed impressed, was recovered.
P/Q 39-40 recovered only a few pieces of tile and pottery (one, one-litre latte box).
No special finds recovered
No work in PM
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