Wednesday, July 12 2017
Work began in Locus 2, as we continued to remove the N wall of the later structure overlying EPOC4. We used hand picks and trowels to remove soil from the stones of the wall. Stones are medium to large in size and are held in a claylike, medium olive brown soil. Soil is hand sorted in the trench directly into buckets and then screened through a 1cm gauge sieve. Soil also was collected for flotation. Moderate quantities of tile, pottery, and bone were recovered from within the N wall, including a fragment of ferric slag (Find #5). There were two stumps that had grown through the wall. We sectioned back the N edge of locus 2 to the north, app. From 105.50-106E, to enable us to remove both stumps. While removing soil from around the stumps, a possible fragment of worked chert, with three perforated holes (Find #6) was found. We continue to find moderate amounts of pottery and bone, but little tile.
Possible perforated chert fragment
We continued to remove the N wall of the single room structure overlying the floor of EPOC4. Rocks continue to be held in place by a medium olive brown, claylike soil. We use hand picks and trowels to remove soil and loosen rocks, hand sort soil in the trench, then screen soil through a 1cm gauge sieve. We have found relatively high quantities of pottery and bone but little tile. While removing the wall, we found animal teeth (Find #7) and a small tooth and vertebra (Find #8) underlying the stones of the wall in the western half of the trench. We also recovered a diagnostic long bone (Find #9), along with an associated joint fragment, and an additional bone joint (Find #10).
Tile: ⅛ bowl
Pottery: 89 sherds
Bone: 15 fragments
Small tooth and vertebra
Diagnostic long bone and joint