Field Reports from
the end of the 1999 Field Season
TRENCHES PF 2 & 3
Report 4: July 23
Alayne Freidel in the "FOD."
This week has been one of excitement
in the Podere del Funghi... Not only have we been uncovering
interesting stratigraphy and lovely loads of varied material,
but today we excavated one of the few complete and intact vessels
found on this site. This remarkable pot is of a ware we are currently
referring to as "bi-chrome", because of its two-tone
coloring. Unlike most of the other bi-chrome vessels, this one
(find # 7-21-99-7) is orange and yellow. The majority are black
MLA student Larry Lehman
(kneeling in foreground above left) found
the bowl (above right) that was excavated complete and intact.
Other than that, the Podere del Funghi
has been kicking along quite happily. We are continuing to take
down Locus 5. Though this is a lot of work with very little reward,
it is important to make sure that we have hit sterile soil. It
could very well be culturally significant, and so we must make
sure we know exactly what we are dealing with.
In general, I am very pleased with our
progress, although it would of course be even better if we had
another couple of weeks to work. Since this is not possible,
we are attempting to really push ourselves in these last few
days, squeezing every drop of data from the soil.
Left to right: Alayne Freidel,
Angela Silva, Barbara LoMonaco,
Larry Lehman, Kyle Ellis, and Sarah Holt.
Ceramic vessels and clay
tile visible in Trench PF 2 during the fifth week.
Report 5: July 30
It is rather difficult to believe the
season is almost over. With only documentation ahead of us, I
am both amazed and disappointed by the knowledge we have gained
in these past few weeks.
Overview of Trench PF 2
during week five of the 1999 season.
Though no conclusive data has turned
up, we have greatly refined our original theories about what
exactly went on in the ancient Podere del Funghi. The predominance
of roof tiles, bowl-shaped vessels, and the discovery of a pestle
have all pointed towards a habitation, and away from a production
site. These finds coupled with the definite layer of burning
lead me to believe that the midden theory should be taken seriously,
though destruction is a definite possibility. We have learned
a lot about the shape of the deposit and I am now convinced that
the color distinctions between the darker Stratum 2a and the
lighter, generally sterile Stratum 2b (feature 1) are a result
of carbon staining and not a consequence of deposition. The jumbled
up nature of the deposit is a question still unanswered, but
hopefully in the future we will be able to explore it more thoroughly.
Down to bedrock in Trench
Still digging to bedrock
in newly opened Trench PF 4.
Field Reports from the
end of the 1999 Field Season
Trench PC 13
Trench PC 14
Trench PC 15
Trenches PC 16 &
Trench PC 18
After December 2000, see the 1999
Annual Report for the season summary by Professor Gregory