Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Day 7: Rocks and Walls and Glass, O My!

The second week at Cosa is off and running! Work continued today in all three trenches.

In FS4 the "bench feature" seemed to continue, displaying the same signinum lining and reaching a juncture with a sloppy sort of wall area. Rumor has it that part of the wall may line up with a wall that extends from the "wheel room." Sophie has expressed doubt that the bench is really a bench. A channel perhaps? An ancient water-slide? Stay tuned for updates!

In FS3, the mighty band of laborers continued to uncover a threshold begun last season. Some large stones of unclear dimensions were also revealed. Things are in flux and speculations abound. Exciting! Walls continue to appear like mysterious surfacing whales. 

In ETW2 we found some important, nay, groundbreaking rocks. Man, let me tell you about those rocks! They were big, heavy, and mostly part of collapse from the terminal wall above. There was also a substantial amount of window glass (more than 200 pieces). Christina and Ann worked with a purpose and an intensity that put me to shame. Insecure in my own efforts, I began to praise myself in song:

On Moving Rocks Underground

Sing goddess, of the mighty labors done,
By the hero Luca, in caverns where the sun
Has never shone--what rocks he lifted there!
Signinum dripping, lamplight dim, and fair
Jay there was struggling to proceed.
They called on Luca for a mighty deed!'

The massy rock! Ten men of those alive
In lesser days as these, when lesser men survive,
Could never lift it. Luca, all alone,
Then lifted to the light the monstrous stone.


For the next couple days the aim of FS4 is to discover how the wall feature interacts with the cistern and with FS3. The aims of FS3 seem to be mostly probing the relationship of what has been uncovered with the street level and with the interior rooms. The "bench feature" that runs into FS4 is also of interest to the activities in both trenches as work continues. In ETW2, work continues towards the gutter at the bottom, and the seam between the two areas (or phases) of the wall is of continued interest.

The weather continues to be lovely--light and cool winds whip up from the coast through the olive groves; the sky is clear and blue, touched by the faintest feathering of clouds. The late morning is generally the hottest, but as the shadows begin to lengthen in the afternoon, and as the breezes pick up, the work becomes even more enjoyable. Every so often sea-birds coast overhead.
For all of the annoyance that the olive roots cause, the trees themselves are beautiful, and the olives have grown significantly since work began last week. Then they were only pinpricks, now they are the size of small currants, hard and green. Perhaps I'll do the blog post tomorrow. For now, I have a beer, I'm tired and with good friends, and all is peaceful in Cosa. 

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