T-53 is located to the immediate west of T-22 excavated in 1978, to the south and west of the T-30 trenches excavated in 2004. Consistent excavation of the area has led to significant erosion on the exposed baulk walls and de-contextualization of artifacts that will have to be accounted for. The points taken for the trench are 57S/178E, 55S/178E, 55S/177E, 53S/177E, and 57S/175E, however the trench extends 90cm north beyond 53S, 30cm east of all eastern points, and 29cm west of 57S/175E, which has been excavated previously. The section extending approximately 1m squared 57S-56S/175E-176E was lowered through the top soil and will be excavated concurrently with the rest of the trench once they are at the same elevation and soil type.
In 2005 four stones found in a row were identified as likely candidates for column pads. The linear orientation, absolute elevation, and distance between them would all suggest that a structure, not affiliated with the OC2/Workshop might have utilized them. T-53 is located directly south of one of these column pads and potentially a second one identified in 2007 ().
The objectives of T-53 are three-fold:
1. To fully explore the area and gain a more precise view of the stratigraphy and topography.
2. To search for evidence of architecture affiliated with the column pads identified north of T-53 in past seasons (see and for details) . , , ,
3. To further explore aspects of industry in the OC2/Workshop, including but not limited to architectural terracotta moulds.
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