Clive has been overseeing the washing and processing of the finds all season.
A small sample of the ceramic finds
I am photographing the finds now.
Clive Vella with Luke and Lucy washing sherds on the patio
Professore Maurizio Cattani treated us to a fabulous tour of the Universita di Bologna dig at the Mursia area of the island.
Prof. Cattani with Andy Dufton and Patrick
View of U. of Bologna’s dig at Mursia
Sondage 2 was closed today. A third sondage was opened; this time at the S end of Room 2 in front of the blocked doorway. The digital photgraphy of the walls and wall-fills began.
A view of the blocked doorway in Room 2
We had an exhausting, but good, day today. Clive, Lucy, Luke, Patrick, and Brandon focused on some of our lasts major tasks inside the structure.
Andy and I hiked over the ridge to assess the extensive wall system (with different construction techniques), stone path to form a plan with our research questions for the future. There is so much archaeology here.
View across the neighbouring valley
Andy Dufton stands on one of the wall features in the neighbouring valley
We just had a two day visit from Sebastiano Tusa, which included our public presentations in the Pantelleria Town Hall today. There was a good attendance with positive feedback from residents. It sounds like we will have lots of local visitors this week.
The second sondage, this time in Room 4, was also begun.
Leonardo Abelli, Carrie Murray, Sebastiano Tusa at the Pantelleria Town Hall or our Project Presentations
Elevation drawings of walls continues. Andy and I carefully examined the external NE corner of the structure despite its sheer face.
The first sondage was begun in Room 2.
Sondage 1. Lucy and Luke at work
We were interviewed on site today by newspaper reporters from Giornale di Sicilia and a documentary maker. The importance of Pantelleria and our site should make it into the newspaper soon!
Today we cleaned part of our central area (Room 2) for photogrammetry. Everyone now has an irrational hatred of moss and ferns.
The team at work
Brandon, Patrick, Lucy, and Luke
We are enjoying our day off today. We made an American style breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon at the request of Marvi. There is a scirocco blowing today, so we will try having a swim on the other side of the island.
We had a quick tour of some of the Byzantine Period remains elsewhere on the island.
Luke demonstrates the usage of the Byzantine burials.
On Saturday, we started the wall recording! We have 45 walls to record, and we are off to a great start. Some of the walls are over 3 meters high.
Brandon and Patrick working on the Stratigraphic Unit Masonry sheets