Wasters Figs

A large number of wasters, 312 in all, have been recovered from the dump, and an additional 3 come from the kiln channels and the firing pit. Most wasters were quite evenly distributed throughout the strata of the dump, occurring in 56 out of 138, or in more than one out of three, excavation units.154 However, several clusters numbering up to 37 wasters have been found in the red and dark brown strata, mostly in the vicinity of the firing pit (Figs. 28, 30).155 Their distribution suggests that wasters are to be associated with the firing pit rather than with the firing chamber.

Most wasters have medium-coarse fabrics, and only 42 have fine fabrics. Identifiable shapes are 2 kalathoi, 3 or 4 collar-necked jugs, 8 ewers, 5 oval-mouthed amphoras, 2 pithoi, and perhaps 2 bridge-spouted jars and 3 basins (Figs. 38: C 10279; 42).156 Some fragments have only partially turned into wasters, either at one of their edges (e.g., C 10138) or on one side only.

  1. The following units from the dump include wasters: trench 87B, pails 80, 81, 82, 83, 93, 96, 104, 105, 105B, 106, 106B, 107A, 112, 112A, 112B, 112D, 114, 115, 116C, 118; trench 91B, pail 46; trench 95A, pails 68, 70, 71, 92, 95, 107, 109, 115, 119, 134, 136, 137, 138, 140, 143, 144, 146, 147, 148, 150, 153, 156, 157, 158, 160, 163, 169, 178, 179, 189, 191, 201, 205, 207; trench 95B, pail 173. Within the kiln: trench 87B, pail 90A; trench 95A, pails 111, 127.
  2. Lower dark brown stratum, north of channels: trench 87B, pail 112A

[17]; south of firing pit entrance: trench 95A, pail 71 [11]; north of firing pit: trench 95A, pail 148 [28]; on court of Building T, north of firing pit: trench 95A, pails 137 [14], 205 [23]; at west end of dump: trench 95A, pail 163 [6].

Red stratum, over channels: trench 87B, pail 81 [12]; at firing pit entrance: trench 95A, pail 156 [37]; south of firing pit entrance: trench 95A, pail 158 [7]; north of firing pit entrance: trench 95A, pails 138 [23], 140 [12], 144 [8], 150 [10]; on court of Building T, north of firing pit: trench 95A, pail 136 [6]; west part of dump: trench 95A, pail 160 [8].

156. Some have been inventoried: bridge-spouted jars(?) C 10608, C 10609; collar-necked jugs C 10602, C 10611; ewers C 10068, C 10300, C 10610; oval-mouthed amphoras C 10018, C 10069, C 10138, C 10295, and possibly C 10279, C 10607; pithos C 10283. Seven ewers have fine necks and medium-coarse bodies (e.g., Fig. 42: C 10300), but the eighth is medium-coarse throughout.

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