The excavation of CB-48 was set out as an exploratory trench placed at the highest point of elevation in the Civitate B area in the hopes of explaining the materials found in trenches CB-38 and CB-39. No evidence of architectural features were found in CB-48 that could help explain the material found in those trenches, but a rock feature situated against a slab of bedrock was uncovered and documented. Akin to CB-51, located about 10 meters north and slightly further west, the soil of CB-48, not necessarily undisturbed by human activity, relatively quickly became a deteriorating rock soil which had no artifacts within it. It is curious to note that, impasto and even bucchero pottery was found, although in a relatively small amount, in the upper layer of CB-48 which is of a consistent time frame as material found in other trenches. Because the location of CB-48 was at the highest point in the Civitate B area it is highly unlikely that this material eroded to the location that is was uncovered in this year.
Although CB-48 did not help to explain the material found in CB-38 and CB-39, nor find evidence of non-elite habitation on the western side of the hill, the rock feature discovered was interesting due to the air pocket / crevice found, which may suggest that the rocks were pushed or placed against the bedrock slab, akin to tombs found in the early 1990's Material was in fact found, supporting the theory that the CB area was once a possibly occupied or used site. Perhaps exploratory trenches such as CB-48 and CB-51 represent the tapering position of that possible habitation or use of Civitate B and can help dictate the position of exploratory trenches in the future. Topographical and stratigraphic information was also gleaned from CB-48 this year.
In order to pursue the answers to these questions further, additional excavation of the CB area is needed.
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