Posted by: lukelavan | September 10, 2010

Early Medieval Excavations Begin

Today our byzantine archaeologist Ioanna Kokouni arrived from Athens. She will work together with Jonathon Hutchins to excavate a sample of the early medieval structures present in the southern portico of the macellum. Here there is a deep brown soil level full of curving walls composed of random unmortared fragments of tile, marble and even amphora. This area was planned last year and a sequence established by cutting trenches down to establish relationships. This year we will be digging a part of this area fully, where it is only 20cm deep, in order to obtain a ceramic sample. Already we have had green-glazed pottery from here, and other distinctive unglazed forms.
 
By contrast Zsolt Magyar is now finished in the macellum, and looking forward to joining our new excavaton in the Nymphaeum Bivium in the west of the city. Here a heringbone floor has been exposed, which is partly overlain by a mortar layer, for a floor that is now robbed. Given the ammount of late activity found in this area, it would be unsurprising to find yet a again more late activity, but only time will tell, as the cleaning work progresses. We hope to be able to tell a great deal about the decoration of the structure from the cleaning work, aided by Aoife Fitzgerald, who is currently surveying all the walls of the buildings we clean for traces of marble and other ornaments. We know that stone dolphins were found here in the original excavations, so we might find the emplacements for or even fragments of further piece of sculpture.

Luke Lavan 10/9/2010

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