During the 2008 season it has been decided that excavation will resume on the south flank of Piano del Tesoro, specifically in the srea inside Rectangle 14 and to the south of this. It is hoped that this will help clarify both the form and function of OC3.
This area was originally excavated during the 1966-71 seasons (see, , , , , ). Over the course of these excavations the foundation walls and the floors associated with R13, R14, and R15 were uncovered. Additionally, these excavations uncovered foundation walls roughly 1-1.5 m thick which appeared to be associated with an earlier phase of occupation on Piano del Tesoro. These walls defined what would later be understood as the central and eastern cellas of OC3.
Following this during the 1996-98 seasons excavation resumed on the south flank in order to better understand orientalizing occupation in this area (see, , , ). Excavation during these seasons revealed portions of both the southern ( + ) and western ( + ) most foundation walls of OC3 and defined the extent of the building.
During the 2008 season trench SF-2 will be established in the central cella of OC3 between meters 137m E/22m S, 141m E/22m S, 141m E/29m S, 137m E/29m S. Work in the trench will focus on bringing the wall that subdivides R14, first uncovered in 1968 (see) and later defined in 1996 (see )
down to the orientalizing floor level. The goals for this season are:
1. Recover materials from a context securely inside OC3 which would help clarify its function and more clearly date its constuction and occupation.
2. Gain a better understanding of the floor associated with OC3.
3. Gain a better understanding of the stratigraphy and topography associated with both OC3 and the south flank of Piano del Tesoro.
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