Posted by: lukelavan | September 6, 2009

A Very Busy and Exciting Day

What a day! We have perhaps discovered more today that on any other day so far. In the east portico the diggers joined by Eric Fries of UCLA came down onto a rich fill layer of tiles, ceramics and many other finds – by the bucket load. The surface of the portico seems to have gone, except in one area where the mortar floor has fallen into a drain, as discovered by Dana Kubilus, during the last few minutes of the day. At the opposite end of the same portico, the floor seems to have been discovered, above a similar fill layer, though it is cut through with a pit of some kind. Green marble has been found again along the same portico.

The Medieval walls are getting more interesting.

The Medieval walls are getting more interesting.



In the western portico, the ‘medieval’ archaeology of rubble walls is advancing – we have planned and contexted it – but things are getting more complex. The rubble walls are better built than we thought in lower courses, and there are some deposits which lap up against them which may be occupation layers of some kind. We hope our sieves will be ready tomorrow for stratigraphic excavation. Kelly Madigan, site supervisor, normally of LP Archaeology (London), is looking forward to getting stuck in, especially now that she has set up a camping stove to make Earl Grey tea on site.

Kelly ensures that her crew is fully caffeinated during the breaks.

Kelly ensures that her crew is fully caffeinated during the breaks.


The palaestra of the baths is beginning to make the forum people a bit jealous. Test pits are now complete, revealing what looks like late rubbish near the portico, full of bone and ceramics, thanks to the work of Chris Collard.

Chris was estatic to find a possible midden.

Chris was estatic to find a possible midden.



The ‘temple’ excavated by Michael Mulryan and Paolo Maranzana has produced a bit of decorated roof tile typical for temples, as well as the trace of where the cult statue seems to have stood. However, it looks like the structure was originally some kind of fountain and only became a temple in a late Roman phase when it was transformed with re-used building material. More soon!

An amazing discovery by Dr. Michael Mulryan.

An amazing discovery by Dr. Michael Mulryan.



Luke Lavan 06/09/2009

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  1. Looks brilliant this year well done guys so happy that it’s allworking out ok xxxxxx


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