Unit Book A9


Processed on 2023-08-22



Roster Date Author Record
Description (summary) 2001-10-02 jlw Limit includes N and E baulks. [Input: LX02JW.j]



Roster Date Author Record
Daily notes about recovery of elements 2001-07-07 jlw Mizar opened this new locus. We reserved a qlot for the pottery after clearing away material used to divert water from the excavation, but then discovered plastic sheeting that indicated that there was also backfill covering the topsoil. We will start collecting pottery from this locus on L708. [Input: L707JLW1.j]
2001-07-08 jlw finally cleared away backdirt and began to excavate topsoil, f275. Progress slower than hoped for because all three active loci are generating large quantities of soil which must be removed through the pipe, which is in constant use. [Input: L708JLW.j]
2001-07-09 jlw at the end of the day, finally reached the first layer of accumulation, f287, under the topsoil, f275. [Input: L709JLW.j]
2001-07-10 jlw continued to excavate large quantities of accumulation, f287, with modest amounts of sherds. Very similar to conditions in upper levels of k14 to the south. [Input: L710JLW.j]
2001-07-11 jlw continued to excavate with no signs of significant architecture. At the end of the day uncovered two organized lines of stones, running E-W and N-S in the middle of the north baulk. [Input: L711JLW.j]
2001-07-14 jlw continued excavating accumulation, f287. Uncovered large stones organized into an "L" shape, f297, along the north baulk, more or less in the center. [Input: L923JW1.j]
2001-07-15 jlw continued excavating accumulation, f287. Exposed nearly all of the large jar, i139, which we hope is resting on a floor, even though it is tilted 90 degress to one side. [Input: L923JW2.j]
2001-07-16 jlw continued to carefully excavate the large jar, i139, in the west half of the locus. At the end of the day, just as the last of the accumulation was being cleared from the bottom edge, a hard surface appeared, with the hard, crusty accumulation that is typical of a surface that has served as water containment. We assume that this is a floor, f306, upon which the jar rests. The western containment may be the wall, f288 in k23, while the eastern containment is not known. [Input: L716JLW.j]
2001-07-17 jlw excavated the soil from the large pot, i139. Found human remains and two shell beads, qlot 825. Removed the accumulation, f305, from the east side of the locus. There were 4 q-lots of pottery from the SE quarter alone. [Input: L717JLW.j]
2001-07-18 jlw began to explore the nature of a combination of accumulations surrounding accumulation f306, which we once believed was a floor that had retained water in a basin-like space between walls. Began to remove accumlation, f314, in the NW corner which was dark and soft. Removed a 1m by 2m block of accumulation, f313, from the SE corner. Began to scrape f306 thoroughly and found a pinkish oval mass of brick-like material, f315, in the middle of the southern third. [Input: L727JLW.j]
2001-07-19 jlw began to explore the nature of the accumulations under what we first believed was a floor, f306, but now appears to be sediment from standing water. There was pit fill, f314, along the west baulk. We now believe that the the large jar burial, a36, was included in a smaller pit partially hidden in the west baulk, f317. Excavation of accumulation, f313, in the SE corner yielded a very large quantity of pottery (6 q-lots). At the end of the day, we began to excavate along the south baulk under f306. Here, accumulation, f319, was very clean, perhaps reflecting abandonment and subseqent ponding, which produced the hard crust, f306. [Input: L720JLW.j]
2001-07-21 jlw continued to look for brickwork as we dig deeper, analagous to that found in k14 to the south. Began to remove the mud plaster structure, f325. It is very hard and does not yield easily to the large pick. Unlike accumulations elsewhere in the locus, there are very few sherds. fab said that there were mortar walls similar to this one in A16. Therefore we have tentatively identified this feature as a wall. even though there is no evidence of an accompanying floor surface nearby. The pinkish, clay oval structure, f315, appears to be tapering to a point as we dig around it. There is the possibility that it is the bottom of a small pit that we did not notice as we dug overlaying accumulations, but we have not ruled out other interpretations. [Input: L721JLW.j]
2001-07-22 jlw removed what is probably a mud wall or wall foundation, f325, in the NW corner. [Input: L722JLW1.j]
2001-07-24 jlw finally reached a pebble and sherd level surface, f336, beneath the accumlation, f319. This helps to explain the laminations and hard surface seen and reported above it. The floor would have served as a barrier to normal percolation of water. We can clearly see in section of the north baulk a buildup of accumulation against the cement wall, f , in the northeast corner. A very large stone vessel, i153, was found resting on the floor, f336. It resembles a door socket in some ways, but it also possibly could have been used for grinding or de-husking a cereal product, since the hole in the stone is conical rather than cylindrical. [Input: L724JLW.j]

Volumetric Localization

Roster Date Author Record
Elements within locus 2001-06-23 vp q741 (pottery), q758 (pottery), q759 (pottery), q763 (items, pottery), q767 (pottery), q769 (pottery), q771 (bones, pottery), q772 (pottery), q775 (pottery), q778 (bones, pottery), q781 (pottery), q788 (bones, pottery), q792 (pottery), q793 (pottery), q796 (pottery), q798 (pottery), q800 (pottery), q802 (pottery), q805 (bones, pottery), q810 (bones, pottery), q814 (pottery), q818 (pottery), q820 (pottery), q821 (pottery), q823 (pottery), q824 (pottery), q825 (bones, pottery), q826 (bones, pottery), q831 (pottery), q835 (pottery), q836 (bones, pottery), q838 (bones, pottery), q839 (pottery), q841 (pottery), q842 (bones, pottery), q844 (pottery), q846 (bones, pottery), q848 (pottery), q850 (bones, pottery), q858 (pottery), q862 (items), q863 (pottery), q864 (bones, pottery), q868 (pottery), q874 (pottery), q877 (pottery), q880 (bones, items, pottery), i135 (unknown), i139 (jar), i144 (lithic artifact), i146 (jar), i147 (bowl) [Input: L920JW1.j]
2001-07-07 jw f275 (topsoil) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-10 jw f287 (accumulation) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-14 jw f297 (pavement, type b) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-16 jw f305 (accumulation), f306 (laminations) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-18 jw f313 (accumulation), f314 (accumulation), f315 (group of bricks) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-19 jw f317 (fill), f319 (accumulation) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-20 jw f325 (wall) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-24 jw f336 (pavement) [Input: L919JW.j]
2001-07-24 vp q885 (pottery), q886 (pottery), q890 (bones, pottery), i152 (lithic artifact), i153 (door socket) [Input: L920JW1.j]
2001-07-25 vp q892 (pottery), q893 (bones, items, pottery), q895 (pottery) [Input: L920JW.j]
2001-09-29 jlw a36 (burial) [Input: L930JW1.j]
2001-10-01 jlw a41 (installation) [Input: LX01JW.j]
2001-10-10 jlw f345 (platform) [Input: LX01JW.j]
2002-06-22 jlw f348 (wall), f349 (wall) [Input: M622JW.j]
Relays (applicable to elements) 1999-06-16 jl r545 (44749 37106 - 8949 / Relay location: SW corner (m2562)) [Input: O226JW2R.j]
2001-07-07 vp r542 (45137 37237 - 9072 / Relay location: k24) [Input: L707VP-R.j]
2001-07-07 vp r543 (44616 37467 - 9048 / Relay location: k24) [Input: L707VP-R.j]
2001-07-07 vp r544 (44987 37637 - 9133 / Relay location: k24) [Input: L707VP-R.j]
Extension of locus or q-lot 2001-10-02 jlw m2562 [Input: LX02JW.j]
Length of two sides 2001-10-02 jlw 500E [Input: LX02JW.j]
2001-10-02 jlw 500N [Input: LX02JW.j]


Analogical Record

Roster Date Author Record
View/drawing of locus

2001-08-01 jlw [Input: L926JW.j]

2001-08-01 jlw [Input: L926JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]

2001-08-02 jlw [Input: L927JW.j]