|Area: South |
|Dug in Year: 1999 |
|Feature Type: fire installation |
|Feature Subtype: oven |
|Location: eastern face of wall 401. |
|Grid X: 919.9 Grid Y: 969.9|
|Oven cut (4341) into east face of wall 401 - just above lowest course of bricks. The oven comprises of several layers, a hard crusty + cracked layer on the top (4366), an underlying dark brown loose burnt layer (4362) and then a grey/light brown soft silty layer with some hard patches (4663). The base of the oven (ie the bricks underneath the layers) were red + scorched. The surrounding bricks in the side of the cut were also orangey/red lower down.|
The oven had been plastered over ( possibly at floor levels - need to check plans) and the sides of the cut were also plastered . On top of this plaster layer was a layer of white silty/plastery infill.
The oven 443 was disovered during excavation of the adjacent infill  with a mattock. While it is possible that part of the oven was removed accidently during excavation, it is also likely that half (eastern half) of th oven was removed in antiquity. Fill 4340 was found above, to the east and to the east below the level of the oven. That the oven and cut were plastered over suggests that the cut for the oven had been reused as a small niche and therefore part of oven 443 had been a continuation of the floor (possibly level VI). then this floor layer should also have been recovered in the area where infill 4340 was dug.
The oven would have been a Level VII feature in space 180, building 24 (Mellaarts Shrine 10 level VII). From the sequence excavated it appears to be an early phase feature in the building which was then plastered over and possibly used as a niche and then 'closed' by  and hence not recorded by Mellaart on his plan of level VII (sf).
|In situ Conservation: No |
|Lifted: No |
|Feature Relationships: |
|cuts: (Click to view the record) 401 |
|Number of Related Diary Entries: 0|
|Conservation Recorded: No|
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|No. Of Units in this Feature: 5 (Click here to view unit list)|