Agora Deposit: J 2:20
Title:   Cistern
Supervisor:   Matt McCallum
Category:   Cistern
Description:   Plaster lined cistern. The cistern seems to have been bottle shaped; the walls are narrower at the preserved top, which is broken along its entire circuit, and gradually widen until about a third of the way down, at which point they remain consistently vertical until they hit the flat bottom floor. The fill was homogeneous and apparently all deposited at the same time.
Contents:   Coins:
1 August 2001 #1196.
Among the wide array of Byzantine coarse wares and glazed wares, dating c. 12th,, were many roofing (?) tiles, almost all situated vertically, or near vertically, in the fill. Most of the tiles were saved, and at the end of season were put back into the pit temporarily. About half of the bones were also kept; they contain butchering and food debris, cranial and post-cranial, of horse/donkey, sheep/goat,, pig, cow, and perhaps cat.
Notes:   Sealed deposit of one time use c. 12th A.D. map 5435.
Chronology:   12th c. AD
Date:   24 July-1 August 2001
5-6 July 2006
Section:   ΒΖ
Grid:   J/3,5-2/4,6
Elevation:   52.003-51.915m.
Masl:   51.915-52.003m.
References:   Report: 2002 Excavations
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