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Building E

Zone 5, on the southern part of the top of the hill, was explored by M. Devolder (F.R.S.-FNRS/UCLouvain and French School at Athens), assisted by N. Kress (UCLouvain), C. Oliveira (Kenyon College), V. Bouat (Paris I), R. Martin (UToronto), Randall Van Hove (UCLouvain) and S. Lefèvre (UCLouvain). In a series of four campaigns led in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, a large structure (dubbed Building E) built on three distinct terraces was excavated. 16 spaces or rooms were discovered, and an open area between Building E and the main building on the top of the hill (excavated in Zones 3 and 4) will be explored more thoroughly in 2011. Preliminary study of the pottery indicates the building was used during the Postpalatial period, when it was also destroyed by fire, as several rooms chocked with destruction debris indicate. Sporadic finds under this late structure show the area was already occupied well before the Postpalatial period, as Pre-, Proto- and Neopalatial pottery fragments indicate. Amongst the most surprising finds, a large lead vase found under the latest floor of room 5.8 was probably hidden there by the inhabitants of the building before it was destroyed. Other finds also illustrate daily life in the building, such as several bronze chisels, cooking and drinking pots, or a tripod stone mortar found upside down with the pestle set in between two of its legs, never to be used again as a later floor level covered it.