2006 DIRECTORS' DIARIES
P. Gregory Warden,
Southern Methodist University
Michael Thomas, Tufts University
Directors Greg Warden (left) and Michael Thomas (right).
Thomas -- Opening Report:
We have initiated the first study season
at Poggio Colla; a season we will use to put into perspective
the material excavated over the past eleven years. If there is
a unifying word this summer, it is "context." We are
especially concerned with the context of the Podere Funghi workshop.
With excavation all but finished there (we still have to excavate
out one of the kilns), it is time to prepare the material for
publication. The first step in this process is the systematic
study of the ceramics and tile.
Professor Ann Steiner with
students in coarse ware research group.
As part of the field school experience
this summer, our students will be involved in the study of this
material. Professors Ann Steiner and Gretchen Meyers will lead
research groups that investigate respectively the coarse ware
and tile from the Podere Funghi. They initiated this work during
a two week "preseason," where a number of returning
students took on individual research projects before the beginning
of the field school. Much progress has already been made, and
now, with the help of the field school students, we expect to
accomplish much more.
Professor Gretchen Meyers
with students in roof tile research group.
Michael Thomas with his student group in the Murlo museum.
Our study of the "context"
is not limited to the Podere Funghi. My co-director Greg Warden
will lead a group of students in the ongoing study of what we
believe is a large votive deposit of bronze. My research group
will actually explore the way we plan to communicate the contexts
of Poggio Colla. I, along with our architect Jess Galloway, will
lead a group of students involved in the exhibition design of
Poggio Colla material in the new archaeological museum of the
Mugello in Dicomano.
Robert Vander Poppen walks into view of PC 1 during Week 2.
Caitlin Vacanti (center) with students in PC 28 during Week 1.
Ivo van der Graaff overseeing excavation in PC 29 during Week
Our study season will also venture into
the field and include limited excavation on the acropolis (field
school students alternate between field days and lab days). Robert
Vander Poppen will reopen the first trench (PC 1) ever excavated
at Poggio Colla with the intention of re-examining the stratigraphy
with the hindsight accumulated over 11 seasons of work. He will
also excavate previously unexcavated areas of the trench. Caitlin
Vacanti will continue to investigate the probable votive context
she discovered last year in PC 26. Ivo van der Graaff, who just
completed an MA thesis on Etruscan fortifications, will excavate
the interior of our fortifications, with the hope of dating their
Left: Illustrator Anne
Hooten. Right: Head Conservator Chris White.
We have many significant returning staff
members as well as a couple of new ones. Chris White has returned
to lead the conservation team. We are also pleased to have Anne
Hooton back as our illustrator and Lynn Makowski, who leads our
paleo-botanical research. We are looking forward to a visit by
Dr. Sara Bon-Harper of the Monticello Department of Archaeology.
The early part of our season witnessed the departure of our Operations
Manager Emeritus, Larry Lehman, who has left us to teach on a
study abroad program. Larry has been a valuable contributor to
Poggio Colla and he will be missed. We are very fortunate to
have our incoming Operations Manager Jason Doran, who I am confident
will successfully fill the void left by Larry's departure.
Operations Managers. Left:
Larry Lehman. Right: Jason Doran.
In all we have a great opportunity to
take a break from the often frenetic pace of a full excavation
season. We will use this time to look at Poggio Colla with many
experienced eyes, and a promising set of "fresh" ones.
Please take the time to follow our progress--both in the lab
and field-- as you explore our website.
Jess Galloway and Director Michael Thomas surveying on Poggio
Caitlin Vacanti, Ivo van der Graaff, Robert Vander Poppen, and
Michael Thomas discuss progress in the 2006 field season.
Report - Director Greg Warden:
Please return to read the report to be posted mid August!
Far left: Dr. Fulvia Lo Schiavo, Superintendent for the Bene
Archeologici della Toscana, with
Director Greg Warden. At center, Sara Bon-Harper with Mugello
Archaeological Inspector Luca Fedeli.
Sara Bon-Harper studying scarps in Trench PC 28 on Poggio Colla.
Left to right: Courtney Brasher and Gretchen Meyers with Rita
Kirk, Nancy Kress, and
Nina Flournoy of SMU's Communications Division and the SMU in
Ceramics experts Jenifer Neils and Ann Steiner.
Architect Jess Galloway surveying on Poggio Colla.
Greg Warden leads a reading discussion
with SMU students.
Etruscan column base specialist Cinzia Rampazzo measures
one of the column bases excavated on Poggio Colla.
Greg Warden studying finds in the magazzino.
Jess Galloway and Greg Warden study the site plan.
Greg Warden discusses the Podere Funghi during trench tours.
Students and staff gather around Trench PF 7 for a final trench