Sunday, May 28, 2017

Pre-Cosa 2017: Week 2

It has been another fruitful week for the small preseason crew at Cosa.  On Monday, Stefano and his stalwart team came to cut the grass and set up the fences around this season’s excavation area. 

The truck with the fencing and tools arrives!

Andrea stopped by to check in with us and the set-up progress and even had time for a quick aperitivo before heading back to Torino.

On Monday, Caroline and Sophie, who have been living just a quick train ride away at the American Academy in Rome, joined us too.  While each had dissertation and other publication research to pursue, they both also took time to help with magazzino and field work.  We were able to celebrate their visit with a trip to see Cristina and Gian Franco at the Pantera Rosa, the restaurant which provides our lunches and dinners during the regular season.  

Caroline takes a selfie of our ragu course (featuring, from L-R around the table:  Caroline, me, Nora, Ana, Allison, Christina, Melissa, and Sophie).

Continuing the theme of arrivals, Ana additionally joined the early crew on Wednesday.  She and Sophie were integral additions to the team of Allison, Melissa, and Nora who reopened the portion of Elevated Cisterns 2 near the marble labrum.  Excavation there revealed a degraded floor to the east of the labrum, as well as some wall collapse.

Nora and Allison excavate near the labrum.

The exposed marble labrum.
Christina soldiered on in the magazzino, beginning to process the new finds coming out of Elevated Cisterns 2, including an inordinate amount of bone hairpins. 
Allison and Melissa have varying opinions about finding so many bone pins.

Nora displays a bone pin.
The rest of us assisted her somewhat with the cleaning and bagging of artifacts that she so carefully sorted and recorded.  Between help with cleaning and bagging, I relabeled the photographs of cataloged artifacts from the 2013-2016 seasons so that they will be more accessible for study as we look towards collating and publishing the results from the bath excavations in the near future.

Finally, anticipation grows as we near the beginning of the season proper.  The rest of our excavation and lab crew begins arriving May 30th-31st and we will hopefully be in full swing by June 1st.  Furthermore, we look forward to other team members, researchers, and friends arriving throughout the month of June—so stay tuned!

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