Podere Cannicci – Day 8

This morning was extremely foggy at Podere Cannicci, but that did not slow down our excavation. On the same site dug in 2017-2018, our goal was to continue our plans from yesterday to remove the interface between context 36 and expose the next context. Unsure of how deep the next layer was or how far the layer itself went, we had to carefully trowel away the clay. We were looking for black clay, green-yellow clay, reddish-brown disintegrated tiles as a signal of the next context, but there were several points where it seemed to disappear only for it to be several inches deeper than expected. Throughout the day we found several iron nails, bone fragments, and lots of pieces of pottery including a large base piece. We originally thought wall 8 extended, but further exploration lead us to discover that the rocks were just pebbles embedded in dried clay, mimicking larger rocks in a wall formation. Though the hypothesis of the wall extending is still a contender, we need to have stronger evidence in order to draw a definitive conclusion. On Monday,we plan to continue our work to stretch our excavation past what we previously believed to be the wall.

The other half of the team who worked at Area 1000 had a very busy and productive day. Their goal was to continue to explore context 2 which was similar to the other site at Podere Cannicci with burned charcoal, clay, and disintegrated bricks. Near the southeastern bulk, several pieces of pottery shards were found and are theorized to have come from three separate bowls. Among the pottery there were also iron nails, an alloy weight, a bronze fibula, and even a piece of lead likely used to repair the dolia found on previous days which was found by Thuraya. On the western bulk against the limit of the wall, Tina found a pocket of rodent bones while articulating one of the dolium.  All members of the team also found charcoal samples that were likely part of the beams that once ran across the roof structure. On Monday, the Area 1000 team plans on continuing their work articulating artifacts that are believed to be sitting on the floor of the next context. 


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