Castellaraccio di Monteverdi- Day 14

The beginning of the week has finally arrived and everyone is so excited to dig through the rest of the collapse at Castellaraccio di Monteverdi! Approximately three weeks have passed since we all arrived at Monteverdi, and during that period, the whole team has made a lot of progress with Area 1000’s contexts. We are…

Podere Cannicci – Day 13

Sweltering heat presented a singular challenge for the crew working at Podere Cannicci today. In order to make the best use of hours under the sun, the teams decided to join forces and work as a unit. For the first half of the day, the crew’s common task was the removal of what remained of…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 13

The end of the week has come, but everyone is happy to have another working day at Castellaraccio di Monteverdi. Like the teams’ usual mornings, everyone worked extremely hard to achieve the final goal: to uncover the entire castle and to find amazing artifacts in the process. Three medieval coins have been found yesterday, so…

Podere Cannicci – Day 12

Podere Cannicci had a productive day as usual this Thursday. The team working on the site excavated previously in 2018 was split to work on different tasks simultaneously. Some were delegated to articulate the extension of the wall between room I and V and to follow the path of pebbles which could have been once pieces of…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 12

The team at Castellaraccio had a hot day on Friday! With temperatures soaring, the team worked hard to uncover the next context layer in the palace. The new layer contains the tiles from the initial roof collapse of the palace. This next layer is distinguished by its dark brown soil and multitude of roof tiles….

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 11

On Thursday, we still worked on context 29, the roof collapse, and some of the stratigraphical problems related with the new wall (30), just exposed in Area 1000 and the surrounding contexts. Carlo Alberto and Carolina, Marina and Iacopo’s sons, came to visit the site and help us cleaning a section of the curtain wall…

Podere Cannicci – Day 11

The excavation at Podere Cannicci was in full swing this Wednesday, with the team continuing to remove contextual layer 36 in order to further examine Rooms I and V. One set of archaeologists was focused on Room I and articulated a series of pebbles that align with one of the room’s walls. Whilst articulating these rocks, Alyssa uncovered a bronze…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi- Day 10

This Wednesday, we had an exciting day at Castellaraccio. After two weeks of picking away at wall collapse, we were finally able to begin exposing our new context layer of roof collapse. This layer is characterized by dense, dark soil with few rocks and many tiles. Minutes into the day, we decided to take out…

Podere Cannicci – Day 10

Today was a hot one at Cannicci! Our team continued to clean up contextual layer 36 in Room 5, and worked to further expose the walls of the main drain at the back end of the Roman structure.  While we pick-axed and shoveled through a lot of spoil, we kept a sharp eye out for…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 9

The team at Castelaraccio started Monday off refreshed and ready to work. The team was joined by forensic anthropology PhD students from Michigan State University. For most of the morning, the team worked to clear the last of the collapse to reach the next context of the palace, and with the extra help, the team was able to…