Completing our first whole week since arriving at Monteverdi, both teams continue to excavate their respective areas with enthusiasm. The necropolis team continues their search for more tombs as they attempt to understand whether some form of pattern resulted in their layout or if the tombs themselves represent a random sequence. The team operating in Area 1 were introduced to the usage of Drones on-site, the importance of sketching maps, GIS software, and the broader understanding of data sharing and proper documentation.
The team in Area 1 conducted proper documentation of the visible contexts following lunch; following this, the first removal of a destruction layer (Context 39) began, already unearthing ceramic goods such as black-gloss ware, tiles, and fragments of storage containers. With Context 39 remaining the main point of interest into the evening, many more exciting discoveries within the moment of destruction await.
Meanwhile, the anthropology team of Doctor Fenton and his PhD student Clara Debota continue their diligent work processing the skeletal remains of Lombard burials from a small church at Castiglion del Bosco!