2005 STUDENT RESEARCH
THE ROOF TILES OF POGGIO COLLA
Dr. Gretchen Meyers,
right: Lauren Jackson, Gretchen Meyers, Heather Neale,
Chelsea Stonerock, and Jess Galloway in a roof tile workshop.
Gretchen Meyers, Rollins
This study aims to better
understand the architecture of the site of Poggio Colla through
investigation and interpretation of the fragments of roof tiles
found during excavation. Etruscan roofs have been studied frequently
in the past and scholars possess a basic understanding of the
technology involved in their construction, but our knowledge
of variations in tile as a result of local craft traditions,
technological advancement or outside influences is more limited.
Working together with three students, Lauren Jackson and Chelsea
Stonerock from Rollins College, and Heather Neale from Southern
Methodist University, we are creating a typology of the tiles
found at Poggio Colla in the hopes of establishing the relationship
between our roofing system and others in ancient Etruria . While
tile fragments of numerous types are found across the site, we
are focusing on the catalogued pieces of tile from the past 10
years that are securely documented with respect to stratigraphy.
An initial review of this material has revealed a diverse body
of material, including several variants of the two primary components
of a tiled roof-pan tiles and cover tiles. We are currently documenting
typological differences based on tile fabric, standardization
of tile size and thickness and flange profile. Once we have established
the variants within the tile and isolated major types, we will
also investigate these types with regard to stratigraphy in order
to understand the development and refinement of roofing technology
throughout Poggio Colla's history. We also are looking at other
local examples of tile and roofing systems for typological comparanda.
It is the goal of this study to better understand the tiles of
Poggio Colla, both in terms of our own site, as well as within
the larger context of the Etruscan world. Final results of this
summer's study will be presented at Rollins College in Fall 2005
as part of the Rollins College Student-Faculty Collaborative
Jackson, Chelsea Stonerock, and Heather Neale working on Poggio
Colla roof tiles.
Jackson and Chelsea Stonerock gathering data on roof tiles in
the study room.
Heather Neale creating a spreadsheet for data on Poggio Colla
on the study room table.
Jess Galloway drawing profiles of cover tiles from a Poggio Colla