Locus 8 consisted of an extremely plaster-rich deposit. Soil of the locus was compacted on the surface, but fine and looser beneath. It was light brown to pinkish-red in color. The soil was somewhat mottled; in addition to numerous plaster inclusions, there were some charcoal inclusions. Locus 8 is roughly a 1.5 x 1.5 m area located to the north of the T66 2016 section through the floor of EPOC4. The surface of Locus 8 was level with that of EPOC4’s beaten earth floor and was similarly rich in plaster. Based on the elevation of the locus, coupled with its compaction, we conclude that Locus 8 is the beaten earth floor of EPOC4. We found high quantities of plaster, coarseware ceramics, crucible fragments, slag, and vitrified terracotta in the locus, but little tile or bone. No datable ceramics were recovered from the locus. Locus 8 underlay Locus 7 and overlay Locus 9.
|Preliminary Phasing||~ 7th Cent. BCE|
|Munsell Color||10YR 5/4 yellowish brown|
|Property or Relation||Value(s)|
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