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Since the excavators did not find any human remains within the wreckage of the buildings, the latter was thought to be the case (Orthmam 1981 : 23-24). The buildings of level 1 were built above the mins of leveI2b. Although the level was also dated to the Middle Bronze Age, the architecture of this phase was completely different 60m that which preceded it. As opposed to a large number of srnail houses and streets, level 43 1 consisted of a small number of very large structures. House 1, which was the chief focus of excavations, covered an area of 500 m', several times larger than any of the houses in the previous level (Orthmann 1981: 18).

1 98485: 67). While the majonty of excavations focused on Late Bronze Age remains, a few smaller probes on the site confirmed the presence of earlier material dated to the Middle Bronze Age. In particular, a step trench sunk in Area Y in squares F/H 38 between a LB stmcture known as the "Orthostat Building" and the main outer defensive wali on the western side, revealed a senes of layers containing pottery that was typologically earlier than the pottery found in the "Orthostat Building" and among the other Late Bronze structures (McClellan 1986: 94 and fig.

Skhbau 1 (Heinnch et al. 1974: Beilage 2) and 8teinhaii 3 (Machule et al. 1991: Abb. 1). S & e i d w1 was one of the k t major buildings to be excavated since its stonework had b e n visible on the surface (Heinnch et al. 1974: 11). ' In the case of Steinhaii 1, its latest monumental stonework was thought to correspond roughly with the Late Bronze occupation at the site, while eariier levels of the temple, of which only fragmentary remnants were preserved, were thought to date to the Middle and Early Bronze Ages.

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