Excavation Update

Well I haven’t been as on top of the excavation updates this year but I will try to bring everyone up to date on what I can. This summer there are two sets of excavations, one group is down in the tennis courts across the street from the hotel and the other is up on Poggio Civitate where we normally dig. 

This summer the tennis court excavations is looking for further evidence of the Hellenistic habitation area found here during the 2006 excavations (see http://www.poggiocivitate.org/publications/pubviewbody.asp?pid=47 for more info). The hotel owner wants to fix the courts so for the next few years we will be taking the chance to investigate what is there. Lots of Roman period ceramics have been found and maybe a wall, but it is still too soon to tell. We will just need to wait and see what will be found and better understood. 

This year on the hill we have returned to the area known as Piano del Tesoro, although we have nick named it Tesoro West since Piano del Tesoro is where the archaic building is. Here at the end of last summer we found two parallel walls and the aperture of an archaic period well (reported in one of the recent Etruscan Studies). So this summer we removed all the backfill and expanded into the unexcavated areas. The well is being excavated much like the one found in the 1990s (more info here: http://www.poggiocivitate.org/publications/AnArchaicPeriodWell.html) were the area next to the well was dug to the bottom of the outside of the well and now half the well is being removed. There is a lot of archaic roofing material being removed from the well and it is awesome to see how they built the well (seems it is spirals and not just regular layers of stones stacked on one another. 

With the new foundation walls I found one of the walls and Kate uncovered the other side however we never found the corners or perpendicular walls so after removing the backfill we opened new trenches east and west of where we found the walls. Slowely we have been exposing more and more of the wall. We found one return wall and are looking for the other. This year I’ve moved around to several areas of the foundations including my trench from last year. In one of trenches we found some subflooring and in another we found nothing, on Tuesday I will be moving to the east to try and found the eastern end of the wall. It is all very exciting, so far we have continued to prove what Dr. Tuck has speculated about the building (mainly that it is from the orientalizing period and had a tile roof). Unfortunately we are not sure of much else yet but we still have two more weeks of work ahead of us. It will be a very exciting summer yet.


About handyatmurlo

I am a Latin teacher at Regis Jesuit High School. I earned my MA at CU Boulder and my BA at UMass Amherst. I have spent my summers working in Italy as an archaeologist at three different sites. One I have worked at for 10 years at Poggio Civitate at Vescovado di Murlo. I have worked at the Villa of Maxentius in Rome for 2 years, before the project ended. I also spent 2 summers at the FSU excavations in Cosa.
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