Pantelleria Project

A Forest of Walls

The clearing is progressing. We are assigning numbers to the rooms, and continuing to look at wall construction types and wall relationships. Some walls are made with huge blocks, others are made with much smaller stones; all are of dry-stone masonry techniques. The walls in their ruined state are going to provide a great insight into the dating of the structure. The walls were constructed with two faces and infill in the center; the infill consists of rubble with pot sherds. As we clean the broken top edge surfaces of the walls, we will find sherds. Watch this space.

The team is divided amongst the first six rooms to be identified. Our first wall of concern, USM 100, is a curvilinear wall that bisects the larg, central, rectangular area into what we are calling Rooms 1 and 2. USM 100 seems to abut, rather than join, the linear wall that it touches. We have been wondering about the relative relationship between the curvilinear and linear walls (and construction types). We will keep looking as the rooms are cleaned, but this might be sorted now. Room 5 has two niches in the walls. Room 6 contains an entranceway to the structure.

This is such a fantastic international collaboration. It is such a pleasure working with Leo and Marvi (ARES ricerche e servizi per l’archeologia).

View of USM 100 looking N    

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