In 1981 work was commenced in the area southeast of the Archaic Period complex in a series of trenches identified as T26 (PCS I, JBB I, and CED I and II). Excavations in the 2003 season revealed a large flat stone exposed after the removal of backfill left in the previous season (CED I, p. 86).
It was noted by Site Director Tony Tuck that this stone appeared to be aligned with another large flat stone found in T22 (SL I, p. 85 and AGG/CNT I, p.3) in 1978. These stones were found to be in the same stratigraphic layer of the Orientalizing Period. In an effort to discern the possible relationship of these two stones, a trench (T30) was opened between them in 2003. A third large flat stone was discovered, once again in the same stratgraphic layer, in the northwest corner of this trench (AGG/CNT I, p.115-117). In 2004 trenches will be opened to the northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest of T30 as extensions of the trench in order to further explore the relationship of T22, T30, and T26 and the possibility of an as yet unidentified building in the area.
In addition, further goals for the area will be to explore the nature of the area in terms of its position between the Archaic Period Complex and the Orientalizing Period Workshop as well as to continue to expose the destruction horizons of both structures. The excavations of these trenches will also contribute to the further understanding of the ancient topography of the area between the two buildings.
An additional goal for Trench T30/KED I is to explore the possibility that this trench situated on the extreme south end of the Archaic Building mirrors the trenches on its north end. The excavation of these trenches revealed a series of fairly regularly spaced gorgon antefixes and other architectural decoration that were found in a way that might suggest that they could have remained mounted on the building and the whole wall fell as one. While it is in no way certain that the same will be revealed on the south end of the building, confirming or denying a parallel situation could further add to the understanding of the destruction of the Archaic building.
The Datum Point used for measurements is a nail in a tree to the south of the trench. Its coordinate is 184.5 E 50.5 S and its elevation is 28.59m. Pottery is collected in latte boxes with approximate dimensions of 16 cm x 9 cm x 5 cm and the terracotta is collected in bowls with a volume of 3419.46 cm3, an average diameter of 22 cm and a height of 9 cm. All pottery, terracotta, and special finds are recorded for the whole day, by locus.
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