Locus 10 consisted of a dark grayish-brown, charcoal rich, loose deposit. Based on the exceptionally high quantities of charcoal found in this locus, we conclude that Locus 10 was a burnt deposit. Locus 10 sloped gently downward from north to south. At the bottom of Locus 10 is a rock packing of medium-sized stones, measuring approximately 20 cm in maximum dimension. Locus 10 was located directly to the north of the T66 2016 section and continued into that section. In Locus 10, we found exceptionally high quantities of ferric slag, vitrified terracotta, and crucible fragments. Based on the finds, we conclude that Locus 10 is associated with metallurgy, likely the extraction of copper ore and bronze production; the burnt nature of the deposit also indicates activity involving fire and heat. Stratigraphically, Locus 10 was positioned both beneath the floor of EPOC4 (Locus 8) and what may be the collapsed wattle and daub wall of a structure predating EPOC4 (Locus 9). The medium-sized stones at the bottom of Locus 10 may be a cobbling or foundation wall of a wattle and daub hut underlying and predating EPOC4, although not enough has been exposed to state this definitively. No datable materials were recovered from Locus 10.
|Preliminary Phasing||~ 8th Cent. BCE|
|Munsell Color||2.5Y 3/2 very dark grayish brown|
|Property or Relation||Value(s)|
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