June 25, 1997, Wednesday
The new soil that was come down upon in Locus 3, the light olive brown, clayish soil, will be assigned a new locus number, Locus 4. To date, Locus 4 consists of maters N3W13-12 and N4W12. The opening depth for Locus 4 in meters N3W13-12 is at 23 cm b.d., the closing depths for locus 3 in these particular meters. A 5 cm cut was taken in meter N4W12 exposing the light olive brown soil. The closing depth for locus 3 in meter N4W12 is 29 cm b.d., the opening depth for locus 4 here. (see p. 49 for the first indication of the appearance of this soil type, Munsell 2.5Y 5/3).
The morning began by taking a 30 cm cut into meter N3W13 and half of meter N3W12 primarily to produce a clear stratigraphic profile of the possible
feature in the baulk. In addition, 20 cm was taken off along the north of meter N3W13, coming closer to the perimeter of the possible feature.
There is no indication that this packing/cluster of rocks, pottery, and terracotta tile fragments is a feature-manmade. It may just be a natural deposit of material. Nothing significant was seen in the stratigraphic profile of the baulks, so the decision was made to life the natural anomaly. 5 cm was troweled off producing asignificant amount of pottery fragments and tile fragments. This feature, located in meter N4W13 will be Locus 5. The soil in the first 5cm is the same soil type in Locus 1, the dark grayish brown soil rich in
organic material such as roots.
There was a small oblong lens of a light brownish gray soil, munsell 25Y 6/2. It is 28 cm south of the north baulk line in meter N4W13, and 8cm east of the west baulk. It is 10 by 12 cm only about 0.1 cm thick. It seems very localized, probably a result of organic activity. It lies between 2 pieces of pottery.
In locus 4, meters N3W13-half of N3W12, there wasn't a significant amount of archaeological material. There was no material in the last 10 cm of this area. 10 tile fragments (1-3cm), and 9 sherds of pottery, 7 impasto, 2 pieces of coarseware, 1 tooth was also found.
In locus 5, meter N4W13, there was
a large amount of archaeological material recovered just in the 5 cm cut. There were approximately 65 tile fragments (1-6 cm) and 4 pithos fragments (5-7 cm), 2 pieces of plaster, and 21 pieces of pottery, 19 impasto, 10 coarseware, and 1 orangeware. They range from 1-8 cm. There are 5 pieces of bone (1 broken in 2 pieces), all unworked. The opening depth for Locus 5 was 18cm b.d. approximately; see p. 49 closing depths for Locus 1.
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