We spent a relaxing and exploratory weekend, with different members of the team travelling to a variety of Tuscan destinations (including San Gimignano, Pitigliano, Siena, and Capalbio). Now we are back, rested, and ready for Week Two!
Façade Sounding 5 opened an expansion to the south today, in order to reveal the relationship between the street and the bath complex’s grand entrance.
|Rebecca--excited to expand Facade Sounding 5!|
Western Cistern 2 is now getting so low that access in and out has become problematic! No floor has yet been reached, but hopes remain high. More of a large East-West wall is now visible cutting across Eastern Puteal 1 and Central Sounding 1. It is the same wall that was partly uncovered (father west) in Façade Sounding 4 last season. If it turns out to be one uninterrupted wall across the entire area, we may be dealing with a very large space in the bath’s central sector!
|John and Nora revealing the East-West wall|
North of the wall in Central Sounding 1, we came across a deep layer of collapsed rock and brick/tile, similar to what was removed previously from Western Cistern 2. Among the rubble was a lovely fragment of architectural terracotta! Other exciting finds of the day include two coins from Eastern Puteal 1 and the Western Castellum.
|Architectural terracotta from Central Sounding 1|
Outside the bath complex, Jay and Andy began clearing the area of the Mithraeum. More on this once their initiation is complete…