CONCLUSION The excavation of T-53 in the 2009 season was successful. The stratigraphy of the area was fully exposed and photographed. Furthermore, evidence from the excavation of T-53 has helped help to illuminate the usage of the column pads identified in the 1978, 2003 and 2005 seasons of excavation. Although moulds were not found in any strata, evidence for bronze working and other aspects of production in the OC2/Workshop are evident in the recovered finds. Two pockets of carbon and bronze produced over 100 pieces of metal, which is rather significant given the area of the trench, and the lack of bone might allude to its proximity to certain areas of industry held within the confines of the Workshop space. The lack of burn layer in T-53, while interesting, only corroborates evidence from prior seasons concerning its extent. T-51 and T-30A, as well as T-22 uncovered similar stratigraphy in the 2009, 2004, and 1978 seasons, respectively.
This lack of predictable stratum might be a function of the column pads and presumably the building associated with them, although a function and period of occupation for said building is still under consideration. The extent of T-53, though it encroached on backfill soil and contained a significant amount of erosional material, also maintained archaeological integrity within its designated grid points. The closing points and elevations are significantly different from the opening points because of the erosional slope off of the western wall of the trench and the backfill area designated Locus 5. Additionally, erosion off the sides of the eastern and northern baulk walls added to the eventual expansion of the trench.
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