Introduction - CB 45
In 2010 CB 35 was excavated to locate and understand a semi-ovular rock formation, to search for evidence of non-elite habitation on the western side of the hill, and to better understand and explore an area of the site that has not yet been fully explored. CB 35 did not yield much information relevant to the aforementioned goals, however the south east corner of CB 35 revealed the edge of a lens of deposited material that was further explored in the south west corner of CB 39, a trench opened to investigate the lens. During excavation, a great quantity of architectural terracottas was unearthed from this trench.
CB 38 was also excavated in 2010 to explore the area directly north of CB 35. The difference in soil between CB-38 and CB-35 and CB-39 is striking. CB 35 and CB 39 contained a bright yellow sandy soil, while CB 38 contained a deep layer of a dark claylike soil. The presence of frieze plaque fragments in both of these soils suggests that the dark claylike soil in CB 38 and the lens of deposited material in CB 39 were exposed at the same time.
In 2011 CB 45 will be opened approximately 30 meters north of CB 35, 38, and 39. It will be excavated for the following reasons:
1. To better understand the relationship, if any, between CB 45 and CB 35, 38, and CB 39.
2. to hopefully reveal new architectural features in an area lacking in stratigraphic and topographic information.
3. To clarify the stratigraphy and topography of the area.
4. To recover datable material from a secure context within the archaeological matrix.
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