This morning at Castellaraccio, after a brief lesson on the use of the dumpy level, all the team focused on the removal of the final collapse (2) of the structure in Area 1. In doing so, we exposed the eastern part of a new wall (5) which was partially covered by the rubble. The wall alignment is E-W and it is probably dividing the area into two or more rooms.
Unfortunately, the weather condition forced us to leave the site around 12:00pm. We used the afternoon to visit the ruins of a medieval bridge and the Roman baths at Pietratonda.
The day was spent to finish the removal of the topsoil in the NE section of the excavation area which allowed to recognize a new context (34), a possible abandonment of the structure. The context is delimitated by walls 6 and 16, which were uncovered last year. At the same time, as we removed part of context 34, a new wall (33) appeared along the southern edge.
The team working in the SW and W part of the excavation area continued the removal of the topsoil, which should be fully removed tomorrow.
The excavation area at Castellaraccio has seen some good signs of progress today. The final collapse of the structure has been almost fully exposed and shows a dense concentration of medium to large size stones, degrading towards an open space.
At the same time, part of the team focuses on exposing the visible remains of a number of other structures scattered within the hilltop and its terraces. In this way, in the coming days, it would be possible to proceed with a detailed mapping of all the buildings.
Today marked the first day of the excavations at the medieval castle of Castellaraccio di Monteverdi. As the team arrived on site, Prof. Hobart described the site to the students and informed them on the various information on the history of the castle and its eventual abandonment.
The rest of the day was spent to start an extensive cleaning of the excavation area and of a number of other structures covered by vegetation.
Today, the UB Study Abroad Program – Archaeological Field School at Monteverdi started. Before going to the main excavation sites, we spent some time at the Roman cistern located few meters away from the Podere Cannicci site.
Here the students had the possibility to see the remains of the Roman building and to start appreciating the complexity of the settlement network along this side of the river Ombrone.
The 2018 IMPERO Field School is fast approaching. We are waiting for the students to arrive this Sunday, May 27. In the meantime, today we are going to prepare the excavation site at Castellaraccio di Monteverdi, while tomorrow we will be opening the late Etruscan and Republican site at Podere Cannicci.
From Sunday, we will be updating our blog daily. Stay tuned!
On May 27, 2018, the Second Archaeological Field School of the IMPERO project will start. Nine students coming from the University at Buffalo, Michigan State University, University of Arkansas and the University of Queensland will join the IMPERO team for the excavations of the late Etruscan and Republican settlement at Podere Cannicci and the medieval castle at Castellaraccio di Monteverdi.
We will update our website daily, hoping to engage with your enthusiasm over our discoveries.
Our Project Manager Luca is also working to organize a public event towards the end of the season so that everyone can come and visit our sites, meet our team and share the beauty of this part of Tuscany.
Through an anonymous donor, the Impero Project has been awarded a Research Grant for carrying out geophysics analyses in the area of the late Etruscan and Republican site at Podere Cannicci in June 2018.
This grant will allow testing the georadar technique in fields around the main excavation site and to try to reveal the buried settlement. We will update the website during the 2018 archaeological season to inform all of you about the results.
Yesterday I went to have a look at the ruins of the castle, and instead of walking around the top I walked outside below what were once the rampants (no easy feat as it is quite steep and a forest!). What I noticed, which I hadn’t properly before, were two things: first, that more of the walls are preserved than one imagines, and are higher than one can see from the inside, but covered in earth and vegetation. Secondly, there is an area on the east side of the castle with a high concentration of roof tiles and bricks: either from a collapse or possibly were dumped there
Luca Giannuzzi Savelli
Josef Soucek, from the National Museum at Prague, has joined the IMPERO Project. Josef will be responsible for drone recordings, 3D reconstructions, photogrammetry and many other things! Josef’s expertise will be invaluable and we are so happy to welcome him to our research team!