Gretchen Meyers, Rollins University, Director of Materials
Ann Steiner, Franklin and Marshall College, Director of Research
Chris White, University of Arizona, Head Conservator
Anne Hooten, Illustrator
Southern Methodist University, Lab Assistant
Nicole Beratesqui, MVAP, Lab Assistant
Courtney Brasher, Bryn Mawr College, Lab Assistant
Fiammetta Calosi, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, Lab Assistant
Lauren Jackson, Rollins College, Lab Assistant
Angela Trentacoste, University of Virginia, Lab Assistant
Candace Vaden, Oxford University, Lab Assistant
Anna Serotta, New York University, Conservation Intern
and Magazzino staff work on conservation, illustration, and catalog.
Gretchen Meyers and Anne Hooten study roof tiles.
and Conservation -- Opening Report
Gretchen E. Meyers, Director of Materials (Rollins College)
This is an exciting season for research
and conservation in the lab at Poggio Colla. Since we have designated
this year as a study season, many of us arrived two weeks prior
to excavation and used that time to organize our new more permanent
storage and lab facilities, assess and revise our catalog and
study some of the large bodies of material that we have been
excavating for the past 11 years. Due to the high volume of ceramics,
metals, tiles and other objects that we have been uncovering
during excavation, a period of assessment and study was vital
in shaping our research priorities for the years to come. Ann
Steiner, Director of Research, and myself have been assisted
in this important process by a wonderful group of research associates:
Lilly Albritton, Aaron Bartels, Nicole Beratesqui, Courtney Brasher,
Lauren Jackson, Angela Trentacoste and Candace Vaden. Their input
and insight have been invaluable to us and they continue to help
the research and archiving aspect of the lab flourish.
Aaron Bartels and Ann Steiner discuss ceramic finds.
Courtney Brasher entering catalog data.
Because of this early season emphasis
on assessing previously excavated material, our conservators
have had the opportunity to work on large conservation projects
that have been set aside in past seasons due to time and space.
Chris White, Head Conservator and his conservation intern, Anna
Serotta, have spent the last few weeks working on large objects
such as pithoi and roof tiles, as well as a number of deposits
that include nearly complete fine ware vessels. Now, with excavation
beginning, they are able to turn their attention to the new material
being found on the site.
Chris White consolidating a roof tile fragment.
The documentary aspect of the lab is
completed by photography and illustration. Our illustrator, Anne
Hooten, is joining us for a second year. As we prepare our final
publication of the architecture and material from the Podere
Funghi, Anne has been illustrating every catalogued object from
this area of the site. In addition, she continues to work on
other material that is currently being studied by various members
of our team, such as the coarse ware pottery and roof tiles.
Richard Bidgood and Fiammetta
Calosi have been working on the important
task of photographing material from the Podere Funghi and preparing
the digital images for publication.
Ceramic vessel illustrations by Anne Hooten.
Lauren Jackson, Fiammetta
Calosi, and Richard Bidgood
With such a large and wonderful staff
working in the lab everyday, I am confident that we will have
a great season. I look forward to the new discoveries and insights
from such close study of our material as we all work together
to better understand the site as a whole.
Lilly Albritton cataloguing finds.
and Conservation -- Final Report
Gretchen E. Meyers, Director of Materials (Rollins College)
As the 2006 season is
drawing to a close it is certainly easy to look back and appreciate
all we have accomplished and learned in the lab this year. Due
to the emphasis on study and research our cataloguing and storage
systems for material from previous seasons have been utilized
frequently. This has allowed us both to test the limits and appreciate
the benefits of a program developed in earlier years with fewer
finds. Our student research groups have accessed and studied
material from both Poggio Colla and the Podere Funghi; they have
looked through nearly 100 cassette of context pottery and small
finds; they have read trench notebooks and other recorded data
from nearly every trench excavated during our previous 12 years.
Such a massive undertaking of study and research was made possible
due to the organization and structure of our catalog and storage
facilities. In addition, we have moved many of our objects from
previous seasons from cardboard boxes to sturdy containers more
suitable for long-term storage.
Aaron Bartels, and Nicole Beratesqui
study coarse ware in the lab.
We also were able to
welcome a number of consulting scholars who looked over material
from past seasons. Please refer to our research report by Dr.
Ann Steiner for details.
Many of the projects
undertaken by our conservation and illustration staff supported
the activities of the faculty-led student research groups. Chris
White, head conservator, assisted by intern Anna Serotta and
research associate Nicole Beratesqui, reconstructed a large coarse
ware pithos of a type commonly seen at Poggio Colla. Their work
also included a number of full length or full width roof tiles
from both Poggio Colla and Podere Funghi.
Nicole Beratesqui and Anna Serotta
joining roof tile fragments.
Conservator Chris White reconstructing a Poggio Colla pithos.
In addition, Anne Hooten
completed our documentation of these important finds through
illustration. In the second half of the season Fiammetta Calosi
moved from photography documentation to illustration, where she
assisted Anne with drawing and inking.
Anne Hooten completed hundreds of drawings in 2006.
Fiammetta Calosi drawing a loom weight.
The limited excavations
this season did produce a number of finds, especially in the
final weeks. I am very grateful to Courtney Brasher who managed
our database of current finds and our 2006 catalog. Our brief
season produced 27 catalogued finds, including a well preserved
black glaze cup with two handles from PC 29, a number of new
bronze finds from PC 1 and some particularly intriguing bronze
pieces from a votive context in PC 28. As many of these finds
came up in the last few days of excavation, careful conservation
and attention is ongoing.
Brasher organizing finds and entering catalog data.
Ann Serotta protects a fragile bronze sheet with
gauze prior to lifting it from PC 28 in 2006.
Chris White uses gauze and plaster to protect a fragile bowl.
The insights and breakthroughs
from our research this season will surely influence our excavation
and research design in these crucial upcoming years. I have seen
firsthand the value of pausing to appreciate the richness and
depth of evidence that our site provides. As always, I end the
season with many new questions. I look forward to a productive
off-season and the opportunity to develop new research strategies
for the 2007 season.
Ann Steiner and Gretchen Meyers with mysterious
finds, en route from the magazzino to the lab.
For photographs of key finds from trenches
in the recent season, see Finds.
For information on the Conservation Lab,
see below. For additional information on the lab and magazzino,
visit the Conservation Lab
page listed under Facilities.
2006 conservation lab and
magazzino in Guardia.
About the Conservation
In the conservation lab, conservators
and assistant conservators clean, conserve, and label finds.
Conservation involves the repair, consolidation, and preservation
of material remains. In special cases, our conservators will
come up to the site and assist in the removal of fragile remains.
Conservation work requires expertise in art history, science,
and studio art, and an understanding of archaeological methodology.
Anna Serotta consolidating finds.
Puzzle: a table of pot sherds to be matched up and joined.
Lab Assistant Courtney Brasher measuring coarseware for catalogue.
Conservation tools and
chemicals used in cleaning and joining finds.
Chris White joins and restores fragments of a bucchero oinochoe.
Chris White with his portable conservation lab.
Bowl in soil block carefully wrapped by Chris White in preparation
Anna Serotta and Chris White lifting bowl from Trench PC 28 for
transport to the lab.
2004 Head Conservator Chris White advises Katy Blanchard
on excavation of Feature 2 in Podere Funghi Trench PF 15.