Fieldwork Take Two

After our abortive first day of fieldwork, we had to retrench.  We laid out a series of units on a series of coastal ridges extending north from coast.  We had planned on surveying these ridges from the start, but had figured to work on them in the afternoon as they fall within the British ranges and have only limited access during the morning.  Despite this limitation, we got units mapped in on Monday afternoon and had a full field team (5 fieldwalkers and a team leader) in the field on Tuesday.  You can see them lined up in the traditional survey archaeologist pose — head down — in the photo below.  The big excitement was that one of the graduate students, Brice Pierce, found two fragments of figurines in the last unit of the day!  We have found a few other examples of figurines from the site, and they support our idea that there was an ancient sanctuary on part of the site during the pre-Roman period.  We’ll have photos of them up here soon. 

On Wednesday the British were not firing so we were able to work in the morning.  This coincided with Dimitri Nakassis arrival.  He is a scholar of the Aegean Bronze Age who had worked with us in the past.  He led the field team on Wednesday morning.  Dimitri will work with Michael Brown on unraveling Kokkinokremos.

We also spent some time trying to figure out monumental architecture on Vigla by beginning to prepare a sketch map.  My theory (and I am trying to convince the other member’s of the project of this) is that part of what we have there is the remains of a Late Roman fortification wall (6th-7th century AD).  From the mid 6th to mid 7th century there was a concerted effort to construct fortifications across the Eastern Mediterranean and a substantial wall situated on a rise above what appears to be a wealthy settlement would fit this narrative

As far as we can tell, the walls on Vigla have never been recorded and it is entirely possible that no one has ever noticed them before (even though they seem clearly visible to us!).  We traced their circuit around the top of the ridge of Vigla. Here’s Mat Dalton beginning to plan the walls:

We’ll spend tomorrow morning in the Museum cleaning up our finds and working on cataloguing finds from 2005 and 2006.  Hopefully I will have nice artifact photos by the end of the week!

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  1. Brice Pearce
    May 31, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Just a slightly irked reminder that my last name is English, not French (although I live near Franklin Pierce’s birthplace). That’s PEARce, my man.

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