SECTOR A

Today in Area 2000 Sector A we began by finishing to expose the bones, defining the coffin line, and cleaning the grave cuts for preliminary photographs. Once the photographs and elevations had been taken we were able to remove these stones and continue to expose the bones of USK 2093. After we finished fully exposing the bones of both USK 2095 and 2093 we took final photographs and elevations. We then completed context sheets for each of the skeletons while further exposing the bones in preparation for their removal. From our initial observations of the remains in both graves we determined that USK 2095 is most likely an adult to older adult male while USK 2093 is most likely an adult female. In comparison USK 2093 was significantly smaller and more gracile than USK 2095 and USK 2093 was buried approximately 20cm deeper than USK 2095. Both skeletons were buried in a supine extended west to east position with their hands placed over their pelvic girdle. USK 2095 had both arms folded in across the abdomen but USK 2093 had only the right arm in this position while the other arm crossed the abdomen at a slight angle with the hand folded under. Following the completion of the skeleton context sheets we began the removal of the skeletal elements. Each bone or group of bones was carefully removed, wrapped in geotextile, labelled by element and side, and placed into a cardboard box. Any small fragments were put in small labelled paper bags and a bag was created for unidentified fragments. Another photograph was taken of the pelvis once the bones of the hands had been removed. Soil samples were taken from underneath the cranium, shoulders, pelvis, knees, and feet.