Field Reports from
the end of the 1999 Field Season
TRENCH PC 14
Report 4: July 23
Laura Proud (left) lifts bronze
nail under the watchful eye of Abbi Holt.
This week we have finally witnessed the
arrival of the second of the walls that were predicted to be
in this trench. This second wall, it has been speculated, is
from the second phase of occupation on the hilltop. It is made
of well cut and laid blocks of sandstone and runs parallel and
just to the west of the later Hellenistic wall. The phase two
building appears to be a slightly smaller building whose foundations
are inside of the later phase.
Gillian Bearns sweeping
dirt picked from between stones in Trench PC 14.
The artifacts that have come up so far
from the interiors of these buildings have been decidedly non
temple-like in their make up. One particular stratum is the most
interesting; it contains a large amount of what appears to be
metal-working debris as well as a large number of coarse earthenware
ceramics. Most of the nicer finds from this stratum have been
fragments of cast bronze ornaments and votive offerings. My current
thought on this is that the fill we have here was brought up
from the manufacturing areas just beyond the walls, to help level
the temple floor. In this case the area was one of bronze manufacture.
We are now in our final week of excavation,
and if tradition holds true, the most amazing and impossible
to excavate find will come in the last days of work. Once again,
we wait for all to be revealed.
Report 5: July 30
Gillian Bearns working
in the east end of Trench PC 14 early in week
five (above) and on the Sunday before final photography (below).
Since the last report we have gotten
completely down to bedrock in all but the deepest areas of the
trench, and between the two walls. With this work done, the decision
was made to close the trench here.
No more major discoveries were made,
though hopefully upon examining the data it will contribute in
more subtle ways to our understanding of the site.
One nice thing, however, was the uncovering
of more Attic pottery, probably parts of the kylix of last year.
Little more of the scene on the vase was found, but base and
rim fragments were both excavated. These will contribute to our
understanding of the vessels shape. Hopefully this will
also be useful information with which to understand more of this
I would like to thank my crew and my
Assistant Field Supervisor Laura Proud for working on the weekend
and rather late into today to complete my trench. I could never
have done it myself, nor would I have enjoyed trying.
Final view of Trench PC
14 from the east.
Final view of Trench PC
14 from the west.
Detail of Trench PC 14
from the north.
Field Reports from the
end of the 1999 Field Season
Trench PC 13
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