Friday, September 14, 2012
This goes on for a stretch of about 130 meters, ending abruptly about 30 meters south (and downhill) from the hearth and roasting pit. As I went downhill, I kept expecting this to end in some sort of dam and pool arrangement to trap the water flow increased by deepening the channel, but it just stopped. It doesn't connect with anything. It appears to have been done by hand, and as with the hearth and roasting pit, there were no artifacts found. I assume all of these features are related.
We frequently find and record lots of irrigation channels and other ditch-like features, but I have never seen a natural drainage modified this way. Quite a mystery, and so far no way to date it. None of the historic documents related to the area give us any clue as to what this might represent.