This year's excavations in South Flank revealed a continuity of stratitgraphy to the areas excavated last season, although this year's work was mainly confined to the layers above the orientalizing floor level.
The upper-most stratum was a medium brown soil, approximately 15-20 cm thick. Although its upper few centimeters were thickly matted with roots, it is clear, as it was last season, that this layer is not consistent with natural topsoil but rather with the long exposed archaic floor in R14. (Loci: 30, 37, 39, 43, 45)
Beneath this was a yellowish brown stratum, approximately 10 cm thick. This soil had a slightly clayey and dense texture. (Loci: 31, 38, 40, 44, 46)
Underlaying this was an approximately 30 cm thick layer of dark brown soil with inclusions of carbon. This stratum produced the highest quantity of material in the trench. (Loci: 32, 41, 42, 47)
Appearing at approximately the same level and resting within the dark brown soil just mentioned was a stone feature consisting of three flat stones stacked upon other stones. (Locus: 34)
Underlying the dark brown stratum in the area of E138-139/S24 was a heavy concentration of pinkish plaster. (Locus: 33) This stratum was left in place. Both it and the dark brown soil with carbon seem to rest on a harder packed, roughly level surface that is consistent with the orientalizing floor level discovered last season.
Limited excavation was carried out below the orientalizing floor level in E136-137/S25, an area previously excavated last season throughout the orientalizing floor packing. A very large rock occupied most of the area. A stratum of reddish-brown clayey soil partially overlaid and surrounded this rock. (Locus: 35) This stratum was not completed excavated, as it continued to a greater depth in E136/S25. Appearing beneath this stratum, however, in E137/S25, was a layer of yellow flaky soil -- galestra-like -- which produced no material. (Locus: 36)
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