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,…

Podere Cannicci – Day 16

Stationed cameras, eager eyes, and a once-in-a-lifetime act of recovery defined the day at Podere Cannicci. In Room I, in light of the photographs taken of Contexts 56 and 60 the previous afternoon, Context 56 was ready to be cleared, and the team undertook this task promptly, exposing a thick, yellow clay beneath, integrated with sandy patches…

Podere Cannicci – Day 15

Today at Podere Cannicci, the team continued to peel back a layer of stones and collapsed brick in Room 1, picking up where they left off on Monday. The somewhat complicated stratigraphy in this area made for delicate work as a layer comprised of orange streaks of disintegrated bricks and charcoal-laden red clay (Context 56) had to be distinguished from a…

Podere Cannicci – Day 14

Revitalized from a weekend at the beach the crew was eager to get back to work in Podere Cannicci.  In the main site, Betsy, Alyssa and Kevin continued to trowel away in Room Iin order to expose the layer of disintegrated tile and brick, Context 56.  In the process, they began exposing another context of collapsed brick—a confuddling…

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….