Podere Cannicci – Day 13

The IMPERO Team at Podere Cannicci had their hands full today dealing with the aftermath of yesterday’s storm. After a day off from excavation, we returned to a flooded site and immediately set to work passing buckets to drain the water from the area. Both students and directors laughed together despite the circumstances, and our…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 11

The drone was on site today flying above the wooded hill of Castellaraccio and capturing some great pictures of the landscape. On the ground, the team was still busy in Area 1 where we cleaned, documented and removed the collapse of the roof (11), beginning to uncover a dark layer, maybe the result of a…

Podere Cannicci – Day 12

Today we spent the entire morning cleaning the excavation area to allow Josef flying his drone and realize the orthophoto. The team then concentrated in starting the removal of the fillings of the drain in the external part of the settlement, discovering that at least the second level was rich in slag. It seems clearer…

Podere Cannicci – Day 11

The third week started with three graduate students (Alex, Elena, and Mari) from Michigan State University joining our excavation team, together with Prof. Todd Fenton. The work focused on three main different areas. The room, that has been excavated in the last days, has revealed to be an open area in antiquity, constantly used as…

Podere Cannicci – Day 10

The excavation continued in the area of the eastern room, where we removed context 40. This stratum contained a large number of pottery fragments and some loom weights, although it is possible to consider it as an abandonment layer. Its removal brought to the light a new clay context, that we will investigate on Monday….

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 10

Context 10 was harder than we thought and the vegetation did not help. We almost completed the removal of this layer and in some part of the excavation area, we are beginning to see the emerging of a new context, composed by a light yellowish brown ground and fragmented tiles. Rain and thunders have prevented…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 9

Another exciting day at Castellaraccio today. While a part of the team was completing the plan of the castle with the help of the total station, the rest of us worked in the test pit opened in Area 1. We begin to see a context that is probably still part of the collapsing of the building,…

Podere Cannicci – Day 9

Today we concentrated our efforts on finishing the removal of context 35. The stratum covered the first real abandonment layer of the room (context 40) that we started to remove soon after the documentation. The abandonment is characterized by a clay matrix soil, rich in charcoal and material culture. At the same time, we continued…

Castellaraccio di Monteverdi – Day 8

After the hard work of the last two days, this afternoon at Castellaraccio di Monteverdi was mostly focused on cleaning the curtain wall 3 for taking a picture of it and working in our new excavation area in the North West corner of Area 1. The results of this day are promising, since we may…

Podere Cannicci – Day 8

  The IMPERO Team had an appreciated helping hand at Podere Cannicci this morning when the machine came to clear both our steadily growing spoil heaps and the dark brown soil covering Context 36. With the aid of this machine, the entirety of the team managed to level out the context and further expose the…