Although excavation in South Flank: Extension during the 2000 season failed to complete its main stated goal, to find evidence for an orientalizing wall connecting the unusual wall features at meters 159-161 E, 25-32 S (see pg 3 ) and_____, mainly due to an unexpected stratum of archaic fill, it provided important information about the surrounding area.
The discovery of the archaic destruction fill, though in itself a hinderance to the stated goal of reaching orientalizing levels, it illuminated the fact that previous excavation in this area had not reached the archaic floor level.
tiles associated with Archaic Complex Building 1, ( pg 57 , #3), resting on a hard-packed surface, with little material recovered beneath that surface, strongly suggests the presence of the archaic floor of Archaic Complex Building 1.
Furthermore, the relative elevations of this stratum and the "tile fall" ( EC III pg 119-121 ) found during the 1999 season indicate that the latter stratum should be interpreted as the destruction layer corresponding to the upper building. (see page 85 for relative elevations.)
Similarly, the elevation of the archaic floor was measured in South Flank: Extension. Its depth in relation to the wall socles of archaic building 1 was investigated.
Due to the possibility of damaging the walls through undermining, work toward this end had to be postponed, leaving the question open for further exploration in later seasons.
The apparent concentration of cooking apparati:
Small forni: ( pg. 61 , #4; 69 , #4; 103 , #1; 63 , #6) Cooking bells: ( pg. 67 , #3); fragments of an additional 4 cooking bells were discovered in Loci 2, 4, 9 and 10 possible chimney fragment ( pg. 107 , #3).
...may point to the use of the area of R17 for food preparation materials, but this hypothesis must be tested through further research on the density of food preparation in other areas of the Upper Building (archaic complex b1).
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