Podere Cannicci – Day 10, 2020

Today, we spent most of the day removing US 2 in the western part of the trench. This allowed to reveal another section of the earth-beaten floor, partially exposed last year. The removal of the context also allowed to discover a new pillar of the room, and the side wall of the drain recently intercepted….

Podere Cannicci – Day 9, 2020

The excavation of US 23 and wall 21 continued; a structure containing cocciopesto, mud bricks, roof tile and large scatters of charcoal emerged in the southern side. Alongside US 23, a new context (25) was revealed that covers a new wall, going NE-SW. On the northern side of the trench, instead, a drain was discovered…

Podere Cannicci – Day 8, 2020

Today, our archaeologists were finally able to finish the general cleaning and document two new archaeological contexts. In the area south of the dolia, close to the wall 21, the removal of US 23 started; this has a semicircular shape with large races of burnt soil, charcoal, roof tiles and mud bricks. In the northern…

Podere Cannicci – Day 7, 2020

Another great day at Podere Cannicci for our archaeologists! The removal of the collapse covering US 21 (the wall dividing the room with dolia from the recently newly exposed spaces of the complex) revealed a burnt context, red in color and with a high concentration of charcoals. Moreover, a small rectangular structure, made up of…

Podere Cannicci – Day 6, 2020

Monday was a day full of surprises at Podere Cannicci! We continued to remove US 1 on the eastern side of the trench, and a new wall appeared going NE-SW, along the edge of the excavation trench. We mapped and documented with drone pictures US 2, the collapse along the main wall at the center…

A special day at the Medieval Bridge

On Saturday, the excavation team of Podere Cannicci moved towards the Ombrone river to carry out a digital survey of the remains of the Medieval bridge. This connected the coastal area of Maremma with Chiusi and Mount Amiata and it collapsed soon after to its destruction. The team was able to fully survey and map…

Podere Cannicci – Day 5, 2020

Today, our archaeologists have worked tirelessly to expose the eastern side of the trench. We continued to remove the collapse and new alignments of stones were recorded. In the SE section of the excavation area, between USM 21 and 22, a possible floor was discovered; this is made up of small pebbles and we will…

Podere Cannicci – Day 4, 2020

The fourth excavation day was very productive. Two other bronze coins were recovered; one is very neat and bears a helmeted head of Roma or Minerva and the prow of a galley. The coin is dated at the end of the 3rd century BC, and you can find a nice picture here. In the meantime,…

Podere Cannicci – Day 3, 2020

Today, the excavation presented us with some new surprises! The removal of the collapse in the southern part of the area, just beyond the wall discovered yesterday (US 21), a new room of the building started to get shape. This room is located just south of the room with the dolia and further cleaning showed…

Podere Cannicci – Day 2, 2020

The first real day of excavations at Podere Cannicci gave some joys and some sorrows! The high temperature of the day (our sorrow!) was well compensated by some exciting discoveries. The cleaning of the opening of the excavation area revealed the presence of a wall, and the team started to remove its collapse (US 2)…