In 2001 excavation was undertaken on the southern slope of the workshop in trenches T-28 North and T-28 South. Both yielded intriguing finds of the area- a wall or retaining wall in T-28N and a large, intentional deposit of terracotta in T-28S. Although various materials were recovered from the T-28S trench (See SJG III p 3-147), no chronologically significant material was unearthed. Due to this, excavations were continued in 2002 and 2003 in order to attempt to better understand the topography and stratigraphy of the south slope as well as better define the terracotta tile spread and its possible relation to the retaining wall found in T-28N. Again in 2002 and 2003, no chronologically discernable material was recovered from the trench, and the full extent of the tile spread remained unclear.
Due to the lack of certanty surrounding the tile spread, excavations will be continued on the southern slope this season with various goals in mind.
1- To find chronologically dateable material within the tile spread
2- To determine the extent of the tilespread and underlying fausa
3- To better define the slope and topography of the area
4- To find evidence of industrial activity in the area
In order to pursue these goals, two trenches will be dug on the south slope this summer. T-40B will be located approx. 4 meters from the eastern baulk of T-28S and one meter from its northern baulk, inoder to try and trace the apparent angle of the tile spread. T-40A will be located three meters to the east of T-40B and one meter north in order to try and trace this same projected direction of tile spread.
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