The soil of locus 4 was light to medium brown with some rocks and roots. It was similar to a topsoil-like layer, but deep in the stratigraphic sequence and under a redeposited galestra-like layer. It held more bone and carbon compared to none of those finds in upper layers.
The material yield was fairly low. 2 cassetta terracotta, 86 sherds of pottery, 8 pieces of bone, 2 special finds: Bronze bracelet, Small bronze bit.
The most interesting aspect of locus 4 and therefore also locus 6, located directly beneath, is the topography. As the ending elevations reflect, on the east side of the trench the burn layer (pinkish soil, locus 6) begins significantly higher than at the west end (ca. 39.5 cm.s higher). The top of the layer at the high point slopes down at a fairly even grade from east to west.
This same slope shows itself in the next trench 3 meters to the west, T 33 (see RWW III) where it slopes back up from east to west. However, in T 33 the slope seems to show only a 5-7 cm. difference from one end of the trench to the other. Excavation would interesting between the two trenches, a three meter wide area, and is necessary to fully understand the topography of this slope.
The slope may be evidence of an effort to fill in and flatten the plateau in antiquity. The locus 4 soil, being somewhat empty of material other than a few bits of terracotta and pottery (except for the bracelet) would suggest an intentional fill layer. With the possible 'scrape' of the Orientalizing burn directly below, this would correspon to the possibility of a levelling operation taking place for building the Archaic complex on the hill.
These are all possibilities for what is occuring in this stratigraphic layer, however, further excavation is necessary to fully understand the topography and stratigraphy. There is likely not enough time to excavate and fully understand this area in 2003, therefore, excavation will have to continue next season.