Posted by: lukelavan | August 24, 2009

Day one on site

 The week has started relatively well – the temperature is touching 40 degrees, but this year the campsite is all sorted out and we have a bus to take us onto site every morning. The site looks just as amazing as ever it did, and the pine tree growing in the centre of our forum again provides welcome shade.

We enjoy lunch by the Heroic Statue in the wonderful shade.

We enjoy lunch by the Heroic Statue in the wonderful shade.

We have spent the day trying to lay out the site grid (minus the batteries of the total station), and cleaning the trenches from last year. Slowly we are also removing the backfill, and the felt ‘tessuto’ with it.

 

Alex with the Berlin group found this interesting coin.

Alex with the Berlin group found this interesting coin.

Such mundane tasks are very necessary, but not without new discoveries. The paving of the NW corner has yielded a coin which apppears to maybe be of a bearded 3rd c. emperor with a somewhat fat nose (photo above). Our cleaning of the NW corner of the site has revealed a great number of unmortared walls, which we believe to be medieval and hope will shed light on the forum’s later history. Generally speaking the the site looks in great shape, although it is surprisingly hard to remove the roots in the backfilled areas. The plants have pierced the textile in places, making it impossible to remove it with it breaking.

Tomorrow we begin preliminary work evaluating the late Roman potential on the palaestra of the forum baths, which should prove to be a rich area for future work.

Luke Lavan    24/08/2009

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