Ancient Iraq: Third Edition (Penguin History) by Georges Roux

By Georges Roux

The booklet presents an advent to the historical past of historical Mesopotamia and its civilizations, incorporating archaeological and old unearths as much as 1992.

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It was cut by pits 40089 and 40019, the latter, at its terminal, containing a 3rd or 4th century coin. Ditch 40026, meanwhile, along with ditches 40088 and 40179, may have formed the north side of an irregularly shaped enclosure. It seems likely that ditch 40088 initially ran southeast in a straight line, before turning to the east (parallel to ditch 40024), with ditch 40026 therefore part of its original line. Subsequently, its southern part was realigned, cutting off the corner before possibly draining water into waterhole 40116 at its south-eastern end.

However, in ditch section 60144 (Fig. 16) only prehistoric pottery was recovered from the lower fills (60222, 60267, 60221, 60220, and 60219); its uppermost fill, 60145, produced Romano-British pottery and a single Early Saxon sherd, along with much iron, some lead and several large fragments of quernstone. Quantities of cereal processing waste were recovered from fill 60267, near the base. 5 m (see Fig. 16). 75 kg of Middle Iron Age and a small quantity of animal bone. Nearby were gully 60431 and pits 60279 and 60280.

There were several pits (not numbered on plan) in or around the two roundhouses. The smallest measured c. 6 m and 1 m deep. )]Tj/F5 1 T 23 deep and contained pottery of mid-2nd 3rd century date. Roundhouse 1090 was situated in the north-east corner of the enclosure. It comprised two segments of drip-gully, well-defined in the north but less clear in the south, with a projected diameter of c. 10 m. Gaps to the ENE and WSW respectively, indicate the likely location of one or more entrances. Although a ditch lay immediately to the north-east, and a rectangular building (3158) immediately to the south-west, neither was necessarily contemporary with roundhouse 1090, despite being assigned to the same phase.

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