A1700; 2300-2400; 1800; 2100-2200 (The Northeast Area)

Work in the northeast area of the peak is a continuation of excavation begun in 2002.  The initial aim was to complete work in A400, exposing the southeast quarter of the room and the southeast wall discovered in 2002.  The spine wall forms the northern limit of this and other rooms along this terrace, but as was the case in 2002, the floors of the rooms are eroded at the edge of the terrace some 1.0 m. from the inner edge of the spine wall; so, the actual position of the northern wall, which must have used the spine wall for its foundations, is not known for certain.  The full extent of the room and the east wall of A400 were defined in 2003.  A400 is 6.0 m. long (northeast-southwest dimensions) and about 4.50 m. wide suggesting a total area of over 27 square meters.  A pithos stand was found in the southwest corner of the room and a fragmentary pithos—the neck and rim—against the east wall just north of the doorway.  Two agrimi horns were also recovered on the east side of the room, near a doorway in the east wall leads into yet another room (A1700).  
 
The doorway near the southwest corner of the room in A400 (east wall) is situated toward the south side of the wall, that is, off the central axis of A 400 and A300.  It leads into yet another large room of similar dimensions (A1700), but slightly larger than A400—almost 32 square meters in area, about equal in size to the store room with the stands in the andreion in A800.  This room has in situ a central pillar base and two pithos stands in the southeast corner.  Finds from the room included an agrimi horn, a silver pin, and at least two pithoi (before conservation).  The back, eastern wall, of the room has a possible doorway on the north end (between the north end of the wall and the spine wall) where the dolomite bedrock foundations have been cut at a right angle, possibly to accommodate a doorjamb.  This back wall of A1700 separates the room from A2300 to the southeast.  A1700 and A2300 appear to have been connected by a doorway.  
NE area plan
This doorway, possibly the back door to the building comprising A1700, A400, A300 and A500, leads into a narrow corridor in A2300, 1.20 meters wide, formed by the spine wall on the northeast and a small stair on the south.  The stair, a single course of stones about 1.10 m. wide that ascend southwest directly from the corridor into a small triangular shaped room, about 2.00 meters north-south by about 1.50 m. east-west, utilizing the back eastern wall of A1700 as its western limit.  Along this wall is stone-built bin.  The corridor continues east, past the stair, and then turns a sharp corner southwest up a bedrock cut ramp bordered neatly on the east by a curving wall.   Finds in this corridor, ramp and bin room consist of terracotta loomweights, a spindle whorl, a strip of bronze, and a large saddle quern.

At the top of the ramp above the small triangular room is a stair that leads to a platform, originally paved, and further to the west another stair—framed by doorjambs— that leads directly to a street.  The street runs southeast-northwest along the contour of the hill and along side the outer, northeastern wall of a building in A200.  Following the street southeast, the path leads to a small bedrock courtyard or open area in front of the doorway of A2100, which is a kitchen.  From the courtyard one could descend the steep slope of the hill in northeasterly direction down to a curved stair that leads to a landing and corridor or street.  The street is preserved for a distance of some 7.0 meters and paving stones were found at the landing and in the southeast; bordered by a wall up slope on the southwest, it continues in a southeasterly direction along the inner face of the spine wall.  Presumably this street would have continued around the entire southeast slope of the peak, eventually connecting with the street already mentioned in B600 on the south.  Unfortunately excavation in A2200 revealed extreme erosion along the east and southeast side of the peak, obliterating all but segments of the spine wall in this area.
  View of kitchen
The kitchen in A2100 is very well preserved, exhibiting the evidence of the ubiquitous burnt destruction and late sixth-century abandonment phase.  The room conforms to the contours of the slope, utilizing bedrock extensively in east, west, and south walls.  The south wall is unusual, curving with the natural terrain.  Two limestone post bases are in situ down the center of the room; the axis is perpendicular to the room’s access—the doorway on the northwest.  A small hearth was found in the southeast corner of the room.  It is constructed of limestone blocks and built up against and on top of bedrock.  The base of a small pithos—the upper parts of which were recovered from the area southeast of the hearth—was found in the hearth along with a ground stone tool.  A single worked limestone block forms a small bench, seat or work platform in the northwest corner of the room, utilizing a rise in the bedrock at this location for its foundation.  Other finds in the room include a set of five ground stone tools, including a small quern, a pithos base, a strainer (set against the southwest post base), a fine cup, a coarse skyphos, and a large lekane with reflex handles.  Other finds are a large terracotta weight, three pieces of iron, and a piece of lead.

Botanical remains from the room, after preliminary analysis, include weed seeds, olives, grapes, wheat, and a number of unidentified grains and pulses.

The kitchen’s location is unusual, in that it does not appear directly connected with any other room on the site.  It abuts A200 to the southwest, and is accessible from A2300 via the street, but there is no direct access from an adjacent building.  A neighboring room in A2200—a segment of wall and patch of floor running northwest-southeast along the contour—was not preserved well enough to indicate its relationship to A2100, but on the evidence, direct access to A2100 seems unlikely.