Field Reports from
the end of the 1999 Field Season
FIELD DIRECTOR'S DIARY
Report 4: July 23
Michael Thomas (right)
instructs Robert Belanger (left) on shovel test survey procedure.
As we near the end of our fifth season
of excavation, I can say with confidence that it has been a successful
summer. We just have a few days of excavation left, as our final
few days in Vicchio are spent drawing, photographing, and backfilling.
The building on the arx continues to
surprise us. Although most of the walls in Trenches 13 and 14
are where we expected them to be, they seem to be undulating.
In fact, the varying elevation of our "second" phase
wall between Trenches 13 and 14, may be evidence of other building
phases. In Trench 17, Richard Marius continues to find loom weights
and rocchetti in the floor packing of our third phase. Sarah
Kupperberg apparently has blocks from three different phases
in her Trench 15. As usual, even though we are continuing to
discover more and more about our site, we continue to discover
new questions. This is especially true with our building on the
In addition to the excavation of the
building, I am busy with several other aspects of our excavation.
Our friend Andrea Santoni, while descending from the hill, discovered
several significant pottery fragments in an area that had been
washed out from recent rains. One area revealed several possibly
early fragments from what we believe may have been a pozzo tomb.
Last Saturday we had to start an "emergency" excavation
area in order to salvage what we believed to be an important
context. The urgency of this project was magnified by the fact
that our possible tomb happened to be in the middle of a road
that gets occasional tractor traffic. We thus opened the 1x1
meter Trench 18. Under my supervision, I have entrusted the excavation
of this trench to Rob Belanger, one of our assistant trench supervisors
and best excavators. Rob has passed with flying colors!
This week Mark Corney, a landscape archaeologist
and good friend, has arrived for a week of survey. I will fill
you in on Marks visit in the final report.
Report 5: July 30
As one would expect at the end of an
excavation season, the last few days are quite hectic. We begin
backfilling tomorrow, and are busily trying to finish final documentation
of the site. We have had spectacular finds during the last days
of excavation. Today we discovered that two beautiful examples
of bucchero--a rim and wall of a chalice and a lid stamped with
griffins--actually go together. Ill have a lot more news
within a few days when I have more time to write.
Michael Thomas studies
the site plan while students and staff take the final trench
Field Reports from the
end of the 1999 Field Season
Trench PC 13
Trench PC 14
Trench PC 15
Trenches PC 16 &
Trench PC 18
Trenches PF 2 &
After December 2000, see the 1999
Annual Report for the season summary by Professor Gregory