Friday 13 July 1984
Tile - 3
Pottery - 2
The drawing of baulk R - 59-61 was completed and a topsoil cut to 35-40 cm in Q - 59-61 was made. The soil was dark brown shading into a lighter brown more claylike soil at 35 cm. There were many roots and small and large stones throughout. About one half cassetta of small, worn tile fragments and very little pottery was recovered.
In Y-X 58-57 a "topsoil" cut to 40-50 cm was begun. The soil was dark brown and rooty with many small stones. The soil became more claylike in X-58 which was deeper. One box of mostly coarseware was recovered and about one-half cassetta of tile and a little plaster.
In X-Y 72-71 more of the of the cover tiles were uncovered and painted with PVA to prevent further deterioration. A heavily vitrified (on the outside) piece of pithos was round and a large piece of vitrified material in X-72 left "in situ" over the tiles. Unburned whitish yellow plaster from over these tiles and the soil above was removed - about one fifth cassetta. A few fragments of unburnt fired tile were also lifted. About
one-half box of crude impasto and bone was recovered. None were burnt. Another meter cut was taken in P-83 to about 20 cm. The soil was brown and rooty with small stones and lots of terracotta. About two cassette of tile, all mostly unburned was recovered including a possible piece of a sima. One box of pottery, mostly grey ware, was recovered.
From the area around PQ - 76-77 where the floor apparently was damages two boxes of mostly bone including cut bone and burnt bone and an entire upper jaw of a boar was recovered. This area showed several large in a clay soil with burn flecks and seemed to be about 10-15 cm below floor level which is well preserved in 77-83 - PQ to the west. Of the pottery it was mostly unburned fineware including bucchero.
In Y-2 - 58-57 work continued uncovering the floor. Tiles were left at teh south-east corner as they appeared to be part of the alpha beta - 59-61 tile concentration.
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Work continued lifting tile on S/59. Although little burn material and only a few pieces of vitrified tile were found, much more pottery including bucchero and an impasto base were found.
In V-X/58-57, the topsoil cut to 40-50 cm was completed for the slump in W/58-57. The soil remained dark brown and rooty; however in W-X/58 and 57, there was a great deal of plaster mixed in with the soil. Sometimes it was loose, sometimes disintegrated in the soil. Vitrified slag was found in small quantities but no well burned pottery or tile. About one cassetta of tile and one box of pottery including coarseware and bucchero were found.
In XY/72-75, more covertiles were uncovered and painted with PVA. A second row of tiles started to be uncovered sloping down to the east. They showed burn over the top. A few pieces of tile and plaster were recovered. Possibly the slope of tile follows the floor slope. Negligible pottery was found. The cut in Q/59-61 was taken first to ~55 cm then to ~75 in the south half of Q. Two boxes of mostly coarseware pottery were found in the loose brownish soil and half a cassetta of tile, a little plaster, and a few pithos fragments. One of the fragments, a base, was burned inside but all the rest and most of the pottery wasn't.
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