Cosa Week 2- Rain Day

I must still be suffering from a little post traumatic stress from the 2014 season where we lost a week of excavation, however today we had a rain day and I hope that there will not be anymore. Since there is a rain day, I am going to use the time to update my blog on what has happened this week at the excavations. 

It was super exciting here at Cosa as we continue to work on the bath complex. I am working in the area north of the circular room that has been called both a caldarium and a laconicum. Last week we took down the soil to the lower tiles of the hypocaust, the raised floor heating system of a Roman bath. This week we moved to the area between the open trench and a heated apsidall pool to the east. All week we have been lowering this area. We revealed more of a dividing wall that was uncovered in the trench next to us. Then on Wednesday we found not one but two fragments of floors that seem to be in situ. One of them is a just the subflooring but the other one has mosaic still attached on top of it. It was so cool to find mosaic attached in situ since most of the mosaic we found last week were fragments and mostly mixed in with rubble. Behind the mosaic flooring we found two sets of intact, and then a bunch of fragments of tubulus, which are used to heat the walls in a Roman bath house. 
Hopefully we will be able to use the afternoon and Friday to bring the rest of the trench floor down to the bottom of the hypocaust and then have a better understanding of the construction methods employed in the bath complex. 

This was also a fantastic week for small finds. While we found the regular assortment of tiles, marble, mosaic fragments, and pottery, we also found tile fragments with a dog foot print and then one with a human foot print in them from when they were placed to dry before firing in the kiln. It was so cool to find a print like that from someone who has been dead for thousands of years at this point. I will try to post some photos later this weekend. 

A person has been immortalized by a mistake that he made and may have been reprimanded for. It makes you wonder how you will be remembered long after your own civilization has long ceased to exist. What will be left from you? A credit card with your name on it? A name tag from a conference? A bracelet given to you from a ex? Only time will tell. 


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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