Saturday, July 07, 2012

An intense week at Gabii

The sec­ond week of the 2012 field cam­paign has come to a close - and it was an intense week of work and activ­i­ty at Gabii. Not only were nor­mal exca­va­tion oper­a­tions in full swing - with the team accom­plish­ing an amaz­ing amount of work - but a steady stream of col­leagues and con­sul­tants came by the site to see what the Gabii Project has been up to recently. 

In the exca­va­tion sec­tors, progress con­tin­ues in two main areas of exca­va­tion for 2012. one sec­tor (Area F), locat­ed on the extreme west­ern edge of the exca­va­tion area, gives us a look at yet anoth­er city block of the ancient grid and the remains of struc­tures there­in. Area F dig­gers have also been learn­ing at first hand about the site for­ma­tion process at Gabii, where­in the accu­mu­la­tion of huge nat­ur­al lay­ers of col­lu­vial soil have played a lead­ing role in the post-occupation phas­es of the city. 

Dig­ging the col­lu­vi­um can be frus­trat­ing, but the chance appear­ance of spo­radic finds car­ried along in these ero­sion­al events has made for some inter­est­ing dis­cov­er­ies. Cut­ting through the silt at warp speed, area F should see more struc­tur­al remains in week three. In a more cen­tral­ly locat­ed sec­tor (Area D), anoth­er part of the team con­tin­ues to inves­ti­gate a late archa­ic com­plex that came to light in a sig­nif­i­cant way in 2011. This area, too, is work­ing its way through the remains of aban­don­ment, rob­bing, and col­lapse of ancient struc­tures, hope­ful­ly in search of well-stratified lay­ers relat­ing to the habi­ta­tion of the complex.