Field Reports from
the end of the 1998 Field Season
UNITS PC 1 & 13
Week 5 Report 1998
Field Supervisor Melissa
Stoltz and Assistant Field Supervisor Richard Marius.
This week's excavation of Unit One did
not entail a whole lot of work. In all three Loci, we excavated
down to bedrock. There were few finds as we were typically excavating
the stratum which is a sandy layer of decayed bedrock with few
The big excitement of the week started
last Friday, when it was realized that the lower, older wall
of Unit 1 may very well be contemporary to a wall in Unit 8.
They are built in a very similar style and their elevations were
such that it was thought that they may belong to the same building.
In order to test this theory, it was decided that a small area
to the east of Unit 1 should be excavated in the area where,
should these walls belong to the same beuilding, they would connect.
Overview of Unit PC 1 and
the extension showing three parallel
foundation walls. Left to right: Richard Marius, Kenyon Adams,
Jamie McInerney, and volunteer George Hirschorn.
And so begins the story of lucky Unit
13 (I'm told that this number actually is lucky in Italy). We
started excavating a 2m x 1.5m unit in order to see if in fact
we could find "The Corner". This all began less than
one week before the end of excavation. With my mighty team of
men, Richard Marius, Kenyon Adams, and the rookie Jamie McInerney,
we have managed to excavate this area down to the level of the
lower wall in three days.
It turns out that there does not appear
to be a corner in this area. In fact, the wall seems to completely
disappear. Tomorrow we will continue and finish excavation by
removing stratum 4, the destruction level. I'm hoping that we
will be able to finish this area and remove all of the soil to
bedrock, but as this is the stratum where we tend to have a lot
of finds, lucky number 13 may come through yet and provide us
with any number of finds.
The photographs below show Units PC 1
and 13 at the end of the 1998 Field Season:
Unit PC 1 at the end of
the 1998 season.
Detail of the three parallel
walls in Unit PC 1.
Unit PC 1 (below) and Unit
View of Unit 13 showing
large, lower block and wall of large blocks moving under later
Field Reports from the
end of the 1998 Field Season
Unit PC 6
Unit PC 8
Units PC 10 &
Unit PC 12
Unit PF 1
See the 1998
Annual Report for the season summary by Professor Gregory