Feature 162:north-central platform of Building 3
This platform – often referred to as the North-Central platform of Building 3 – existed from the birth to the death of the house. It was defined at the end of the 1998 season when the fill (including the collapsed roof) on top of it was removed. It was the highest of the three platforms in the northern part of space 86. From its earliest phase it was cut by two post-holes in its northwest (F.766) and northeast (F.773) corner. Feature 162 is 1.80m (E-W) by 2.0m N-S and is characterized by a clear rim around its eastern and southern edge and thick white plaster floors.
The western edge of the platform was defined from phase B3.1D by a low partition (F.772) and from phase B3.4A by a partition wall (F.160). In phase B3.4A, the platform was cut three times by burial cuts (F.634, F.644, F.647) excavated in 2000-2001. Probably related to these events, the platform was surrounded by red plaster on the eastern surface of the small partition wall (F.160) and the north house wall (F.174). In phase B3.4B the platform was cut by the final burial of Building 3 (F.617), excavated at the end of the 1999 season. The roof – excavated in 1998 - collapsed onto the platform floor in phase B3.5A at its southern edge. In late Roman times (phase B3.5B) it was cut by a grave in its northern side (F.153) excavated in 1997.