21 GIUGNO 2019
Resoconto della giornata di scavo
Area 6000/A - Today, we continued our excavations in area 6000/N. We began excavating the northern side of the northwestern grave, and found the complete right side of the lower limbs, pelvis, and upper limbs. We need to expand the grave in order to potentially find the left half of the skeletal remains. There were many fragmented long bones in the southwest grave, and underneath was an intact femur potentially part of another individual. In the northeast grave, we continued to expose the skeletal remains. The right side of it was intact, and there were two skulls present. There were numerous scattered skeletal remains in the southeast grave of our area.
Area 6000/B - Today, we finished exposing the nearly complete skeleton in the middle of the three graves, including the right side of the ribcage and the roots of two unidentified teeth. It has been determined that no intact cranium is present. Photographs of the individual were taken in situ. On Monday, we plan on removing the slate and rocks that remain in the grave in order to expose the regions that are still covered. In the morning, we continued to dig down in the second grave, 6242, and uncovered teeth. We then excavated a collapsed skull in the grave, as well as a femoral head and portion of an os coxae. This individual is believed to be associated with the original 11th century church. On Monday, we plan to continue to excavate further into the grave and reveal more of the skeleton.
Today we continued on with the hole on the North side of the area that we had previously begun hand axing yesterday, the aim was to continue the similar methods used yesterday in order to get deeper into the ground. These methods included using the hand axe to get rid of particular hard rocks, using our trowels to skim over areas and pick up mud, as well as using the brush to clear areas in order to search for ceramics or bones, that could otherwise be damaged with a trowel when searching. The action of digging the hole deeper was to search for any possible finds in order to understand what the space was used for previously. During the morning, the hole was dug deeper and trimmed around the sides, finding pottery, whereas, in the afternoon, we found three separate rat teeth, a possible pig's tooth and a fragment of bone. Hayley and Alan - at separate times - focused on another smaller hole too. The day's focus was the hole and getting it to a depth that satisfied Alan, with the end of the day witnessing the cleaning of the hole to prepare it for Monday's day of work.
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