Now we turn to results from Trench A. Distribution of potsherds belonging to different classes and their variants are shown in Table 9 and Figure 38.
|Class/variant||Layer 1||Layer 2||Layer 3||Layer 4||Layer 5||Layer 6||Total|
|Class 1 variant 1||12||37||29||19||12||20||129|
|Class 1 variant 2||1||1|
|Class 1 variant 3||0|
|Class 2 variant 1||21||16||6||6||7||2||58|
|Class 2 variant 2||4||12||15||11||5||47|
|Class 2 variant 3||2||3||2||1||1||9|
|Class 2 variant 4||3||40||1||7||7||3||61|
|Class 2 variant 5||3||3||6|
|Class 2 variant 6||1||1|
|Class 3 variant 1||1||1|
|Class 3 variant 2||1||1||2|
|Class 5 variant 1||5||13||12||8||5||3||46|
|Class 5 variant 2||2||2|
|Class 5 variant 3||0|
|Class 5 variant 4||0|
|Class 6 variant 1||0|
|Class 6 variant 2||2||2|
|Class 6 variant 3||0|
|Class 7 variant 1||2||1||3|
|Class 7 variant 2||1||1||1||2||5|
|Class 10 variant 1||0|
|Class 10 variant 2||0|
Within all six layers of Trench A, we observe a predominance of: Class 1 variant 1-type 1; Class 2 variant 1-types 10, 11, 12, 13; Class 2 variant 2-types 5, 6, 7; Class 2 variant 4-type 10; and Class 5 variant 1-types 8, 9, 14. Class 9 is also present in almost all layers (2-5 inclusive). Only in layer 6 is Class 1 variant 1-type 1 the main pottery group. This absence of variation in the proportions of classes and related vessel forms raises a question regarding the chronology. Indeed, it seems that all layers could be ascribed to the same phase of occupation, which appears to correspond to the first phase identified in Trenches C and F dating to the 4th to 6th or 7th century CE (Table 10).
|1||4th to 6th/7th century|
|2||4th to 6th/7th century|
|3||4th to 6th/7th century|
|4||4th to 6th/7th century|
|5||4th to 6th/7th century|
|6||4th to 5th century|
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