Monday, June 26, 2017

The Friendly Neighbour from the North

A quick report from that Canadian who came to Cosa for a week! My name is Drew Davis, a PhD student from the University of Toronto. From June 12 to the 16th I accompanied Prof. Seth Bernard, also of the University of Toronto, to Cosa to assist in his project to produce a architectural energetics model for the Cosan walls. After an initial rocky start which involved a run in with a flea nest (like come on, fleas??), we spent a productive week measuring individual blocks of the polygonal masonry, drawing drafts of the walls, and taking pictures for photogrammetry. We then went to the other sites in the area which have polygonal walls, including Orbetello, Roselle, and Populonia, to collect comparative data. When I wasn't trudging up and down the walls in the heat, I got to help wash pottery, which is always a blast! While at Cosa, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet and work with the whole Cosa Excavations team, all of whom were so accommodating and kind for putting up with me invading their site (and residence) for a week. You guys are awesome! Thank you all for everything! Best of luck with the rest of the season!

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