Thursday, July 23, 2015
Work began with a pick pass of the entire northern extension, beginning in the east and working west; the eastern half was picked twice and the western half once, as the eastern half was a bit higher. Soil throughout is medium brown and loose, with pockets of a paler soil in places and a dark brown soil with white inclusions in others. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow. Soil contains large amounts of tile, as well as some pottery and bone.
A second pick pass was made in the extension, once again beginning in the east and moving west. Soil continues to be medium brown and loose, with pockets of different soils, which is typical of a dirt dump. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow. High quantities of tile, along with some pottery and bone, was found.
A third pick pass was made across the extension, once again moving from east to west. While soil is still medium brown and loose, it is becoming darker, with some white inclusions; soil is becoming
more similar to the soil of Locus 2 in the original area of the trench, indicating that we are approaching a soil change and the end of the dirt dump soil. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow. High quantities of tile, along with some pottery and bone were found. Additionally, a cavetto fragment (Find #1) was found while shoveling in the eastern meters of the trench and a bronze nail (Find #2) was found while sorting through a bucket from the western edge of the extension.
\xb7 Locus 3
\xb7 Cavetto fragment
\xb7 Locus 3
\xb7 Wheelbarrow find
\xb7 App. 27.51mAE
\xb7 Bronze nail
Work continued with a fourth pick pass of the extension, again moving from east to west. Soil is noticeably darker than in previous pick passes and is appearing more claylike, especially in the eastern meters of the trench, where the trench floor is lowest. Small and medium sized rocks are still present. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow. Fairly high quantities of tile, as well as some pottery and bone, were recovered. During this pick pass a medieval handle (Find #3) was found while sorting through buckets from the western half of the trench.
A final pick pass was made of the entire extension, in order to remove the last of the Locus 3 dirt dump soil and full expose what was top soil before the dirt dump was created. Soil has become a noticeably darker brown with white inclusions and there are small grass roots, typical of a humous layer, appearing across the extension. There are also small and medium sized rocks scattered throughout the trench. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted over the wheelbarrow.
Fairly high quantities of tile, many of which are large fragments, as well as some pottery and bone, were found. Additionally, while picking in the eastern half of the extension, another medieval handle fragment that joins to the handle found in the previous pick pass was recovered in situ. These two fragments will be associated as find #3.
Once the soil from the pick pass was removed and sorted, soil was knocked from the baulk walls, so that the trench walls sloped inward less, in preparation for the closing of Locus 3 and the opening of Locus 4 . Closing elevations for the day were taken.
\xb7 NW corner: 27.37mAE
\xb7 NE corner: 27.30mAE
\xb7 SE corner: 27.32mAE
\xb7 SW corner: 27.39mAE
Locus 3 :
\xb7 Tile: 4 \xbe bowls
\xb7 Pottery: 68 sherds
\xb7 Bone: 3 fragments
\xb7 Locus 3
\xb7 Medieval handle fragment
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