Prior excavations (trenches T-30, T-30G, and T-26, see, , and ) in the proximity of T-54 have revealed partial evidence of a fourth Orientalizing structure, four large, flattened stones 2.7 meters in diamater and spaced 5.4 meters apart. In 2004 T-30B (see ) was excavated to the northwest of T-54. The tree stump in the northern portion of T-54 was orginally included in T-30B before excavators decided it would be too difficult to remove. In 2006 the area of T-54 was prepared for excavation, including the removal of some topsoil, before permit disputes prohibited excavation there. In 2007 T-45 (see and ) was excavated to the northeast of T-54 and revealed a channel feature which may have functioned as a drain contemporary with the Orientalzing period of the site .
With this excavation history in mind the objectives of T-54 are as follows:
To reveal the topographical features north of the OC2/Workshop which may confirm the channel feature of T-45 as a drain
To reveal evidence of architectural features north of the OC2/Workshop which may be related to the stones found in T-30, T-30G, and T-26
To prepare the area of OC2/Workshop for documentation and publication by fully excavating the area
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