The excavation of T-50 this season was a success, in the sense thatthe main goal was to find the Orientalizing surface layer that had not been reached during the excavation of T-31 and T30E. This layer appeared in Locus 10 and was approximately at 26.65 MSL. It consisted of a yellow-greenich clay layer that was infused with tiny white pebbles. This surface was slightly below the floor level (app.10-15 cm) of the Orientalizing workshop and most likely served as the floor of an exterior courtyard. There was also evidence for a post-Orientalizing occupation with the appearance of a line of rocks parallel to those found in T-30E. These rocks often don\'t share surfaces and are somewhat dispersed, so it is hard to classify them as architectural,but it is possible that they served as the base for a makeshift structure or pen- there was a large amount of daub found in Section C, in like manner as the western part of T-30E. These rocks sat
about 20cm above the Orientalizing surface and above the large tile scatters found in Section A at the bottom of locus 7. Outside of the Archaic surface in Locus 3, which had already been located in T-30E and T-31, no other architectural evidence was recovered. Given the fact that T-50 covered almost twenty square meters of area, the finds from this trench were rather sparse. Slag and rocchetti suggest the presence of industrial activity, but no precise location could be identified. The presence of artifacts in this area is most likely due to leveling efforts after the Orientalizing destruction. If there was some desire to investigate Iron Age occupation at this site, soundings beneath the Orientalizing surface would be useful.
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