Pantelleria Project

Elliott’s Second Week

Our second week of excavation is over already and we’ve made tremendous progress. Much of my time last week was spent working in trench 3 in a very narrow area with the wall of the trench (the baulk or section on my left), and the exterior side of a wall feature on my right. This led to a lesson in proper archaeological practice. First, I had to ensure the section to my left was kept straight and not sloping forward to give myself enough space to work in, while also ensuring that the wall to my right was clearly defined and free of dirt. I came out of the affair with a few scraped knuckles and very sore knees, but some R&R by the ocean combined with delicious fresh fish and local wine for dinner has left me feeling ready for this week’s challenges.




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