Pantelleria Project

Day One

Our first day on site… The hike to site was just as densely vegetated as during the initial visit last year. We will need to clear a path for ourselves. The site itself was as I remembered it. We climbed up the NE wall area to show the students our position between the sea and the volcanic ridge.

I decided to focus this season on the monumental structure as the most prominent and succinct feature in the landscape. The vegetation made visibility difficult, but we could see a core area of two central room with several smaller communicating rooms surrounding this. We went to work straight away clearing dead and loose vegetation. This allowed us to begin looking at junctions between the many walls. There seem to be at least two wall-construction types, maybe more.

Marvi gets a closer look at the walls

Andy discovers the joy of the machete

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