Field Reports from
the end of the 1998 Field Season
UNIT PC 12
Week 5 Report 1998
Field Supervisor Sarah
Kupperberg's field notebook.
The final week of excavations has been
an eventful one for Unit 12. By opening our extension, we have
learned even more about the architecture on the north-western
edge of the poggio. Our southern wall foundation continues into
the extension and appears to curve at its intersection with the
contemporary north-south wall. Since our trench is located at
the north-western corner of the hill, this curvature seems suggestive
of the intentional conformation of a terrace or fortification
wall to the natural curvature of the hilltop. The intersecting
wall may have been constructed as a buttress to our southern
foundation. It may also represent the location of a tower or
similar architectural feature exterior to the east-west wall.
Left: View of Unit 12 from
the north. Right: View of Unit 12 from the south.
In our extension, on the eastern side
of the large sandstone blocks which formerly comprised Feature
#3, a rectilinear formation of stone rubble and roof tile packing
extends the feature and almost certainly forms yet another wall
foundation. The rubbly nature of this eastward extension is puzzling
and contrasts distinctly with the size and quality of the larger
sandstone blocks. We can only say with certainty that the wall
foundation which juts to the north was built through Feature
#3 and should therefore represent a later phase of construction.
The semicircular rubble feature for which
we opened our extension remains something of a mystery. It no
longer appears to form a complete circle, and is most likely
not the column base foundation we surmised it might be, but may
still represent an architectural feature of some import. We have
not yet completed excavations in Unit 12, so we will certainly
find out more about this feature in future seasons of excavation.
Finds from the past week include a piece
of metal which may be an iron nail and a very interesting fragment
of pan tile. The flange of the pan tile curves and enlarges at
the edge as an eaves tile might. The eaves tile would have had
a small hole at its edge where a nail would connect to the wooden
entablature of the building.
I am looking forward to next season's
excavations in Unit 12. The past six weeks have been rewarding,
and I can only foresee more excitement in the future.
Unit PC 12 from the south
at the end of the 1998 season.
Field Reports from the
end of the 1998 Field Season
Units PC 1 &
Unit PC 6
Unit PC 8
Units PC 10 &
Unit PF 1
See the 1998
Annual Report for the season summary by Professor Gregory