||Around the northwestern edge of k27 was a brown band of soil, clearly distinct from the redder f405 next to it. Within this brown band were at least three large, fallen stones. gb has theorized (see -dy, N722) that this is the surface of k27 before the cut of the shallow pit for the api-ritual and the dumping of f405 as fill. However, excavations into the black f408 suggest that it could be of the same time as the rest of the soil in k27, since the seeds continue directly underneath it, and because it seems to layer alternately with the laminations. In this case, it is possibly fill within a shallow pit into which the seeds were (apparently) dumped as part of the ritual. Or, it could be melting resulting from rainwater filling the fissure between it and the stone wall, although then one wonders why the seeds are still present underneath in (so far) small quantities. See f407 description.
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