Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 20

Very last day of excavation. Everybody is sad and happy at the same time. Happy for the end of a month of fatigue, early mornings and homesickness; sad because it is the end of the project, there are still many things to understand, dig and discover and because we will had to say goodbye to…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 19

Last Monday of the last week of excavation, possible the last full day of digging in Castellaraccio. The team came back to its normal composition, without Marc and the anthropologists. We focused in cleaning the areas and preparing everything for the closure of the site. In Area 1000 we finished to clean the northern wall…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 18

This is a sad Friday, since it is going to be the last day of work for our Michigan friends, who will leave for the US during the weekend. Still, they did not want to leave without having finished their work. They removed the remains of the collapse in Area 2000, exposing completely a new…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 17

It is Thursday, Marc, having finished his work in Area 3000 and having reached the bedrock decided to go back to Cannicci, leaving us with a really interesting area to work during the next months back home. Area 3000, small and cramped, give us a fist full stratigraphical picture of Castellaraccio, from the last phases…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 16

Wednesday, half way to the last full week of excavation. The team is now fully supported by the Michigan State’s PhD students who are taking care of opening a trench in Area 2000 with the goal of removing what was left of the collapse in the eastern side of the room. In Area 1000 the…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 15

It was a sunny Tuesday at Castellaraccio as the teams continued to dig in their trenches. The team at the keep finished cleaning the last of context 29 and began excavating context 32 just below. Only a couple of pottery sherds were found throughout the day, but a possible corner piece to the wall inside…

Podere Cannicci – Day 20

The final day at Cannicci was a moment of magic for all–with odds against the teams occupying both trenches at the main site, the students put their hearts and souls into their labor to get the job done. Trench supervisor Michael and his team managed to remove Context 55 in its entirety, revealing that the…

Podere Cannicci – Day 19

The team working on the area excavated previously in 2018 worked in two groups today. Half of the team was continued to remove Context 56, finding many sherds of pottery and a few bones in the process. After Context 56 was removed, the team cleaned, took pictures, and took points with the Total Station of…

Podere Cannicci – Day 18

The crew arrived quite early on Friday morning, early enough to see the moon set and the sun rise.  Indeed, the sun always shines on Podere Cannicci, and shine it did. Dr. Vanni joined the team over in the main site as they continued to articulate Context 60, which is composed of primarily large stones. In doing this, the team…

Podere Cannicci – Day 17

Characterized by warmth from the previous night’s festivities and a cake-filled celebration of the birthday of our director, Professor Sebastiani, during lunch, this Thursday heralded new questions and broader horizons for the Podere Cannicci site. After a lapse in our ability to employ the Total Station earlier in the week, site director Dr. Vanni and trench supervisor Betsy finished taking the points of Context 56,…