||This is the same as f443: brown soil, red bricky chunks, black and white inclusions, occassional black seed patches and laminations. Because k30 gets more sunlight and was therefore drier than k29 or the southern trench, it was possible to distinguish laminations in the top layers in certain locations (see v260, v261). The scattered seeds may mark instances of the performance of the ritual associated with the api; however, it was impossible to follow them as separate layers because they were so small and scattered. f448, the fill of a38, is mixed into f444 at its top layers, since we found the cut f447 as we were digging f444 and did not immediately recognize it as a pit cut.
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|notes on designation and count
||It is clear that, in places, f444 had a series of rough, dirty laminations (see v260, v261). These laminations were neither expected (since they were not glimpsed in the trench excavation) nor continuous (they were only seen in scattered places around the circle). Given that our trench cut the laminations in the south-east, it seems likely that the laminations were in the area of f436, but that the soil was too wet and gummy for us to detect them. In that case, that same argument may be applied across all of f444 and f443, although we can't be certain because, as mentioned previously, we only found them in a few scattered locations.
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