Posted by: lukelavan | September 5, 2009

Bucket Loads of Fun

The focus for team one today was on the eastern end of our forum. One of the test pits in the south eastern end has been extended into a trench. In addition, the entire north eastern area has been cleared of vegetation in preparation for excavation. Just the devegetation alone has already yielded a massive amount of finds which by lunch break already filled three buckets and two crates, including some beautiful green marble, broken glass bits, and copious amounts of ceramic sherds. We also have uncovered several possible paving slabs. Our newest addition from UCLA, Eric Fries, has been helping in this endeavour as we seek to convert him from a focus on South American Archaeology to Roman Archaeology.

Bucket loads of new finds are being discovered in the eastern end of the forum.

Bucket loads of new finds are being discovered in the eastern end of the forum.



The palaestra has continued to be abuzz with activity. Lunch break has turned the open space into a small cricket field, thanks to Kelly Madigan’s philanthropic donation of a foam quick cricket set. The American students are somewhat puzzled by this strange sport, but they have tried their hand at it and may get better with time. During work hours many more test pits have been dug, resulting in more coins being found. Michael Mulryan’s work on what seems like a temple is exciting and is sure to yield interesting results soon.

A possible temple in the middle of the palaestra is being explored.

A possible temple in the middle of the palaestra is being explored.

Dana Kubilus 05/09/2009

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