Sant’ Omobono: week four
Alison Telfer and the team at Sant' Omobono have reached four metres and still no sign of the Archaic temple….
This week we excavated a couple of substantial layers above the temple and at the same time improved our water pump system. The layers had a high sand content and consequently installing drainage channels to direct the water to the pumps has been somewhat of a challenge, as the sides of channels collapse mixing the water and soil, which is then harder to pump out!
We now have two, more powerful pumps, one in the south-eastern corner of the trench and one in the south-western corner. The pump pipes have required occasional unblocking and the sumps have needed to be re-dug regularly. In summary: waterlogged sites require a considerable amount of organisation and that’s before you even get to the archaeology!
The Director of Development Service at MOLA and my Project Manager, Nick Bateman, visited the site on Friday. He came to see the work unfold in trench D10 but also to appreciate the set-up of the rest of the excavation on site. The digging season here is only two months long and therefore the finds processing, washing and cataloguing of the objects, need to start almost as soon as the items have been excavated. The system works incredibly efficiently and the various teams on site, from survey to finds processors, form a smooth chain to enable this.
The majority of the Calabrian students spent their last day on site on Friday and it was sad to see them go. Great news for trench D10, however, is that Ida is staying on for another week and hopefully Marco will also be returning. The question on everyone’s lips though is still, when will we find the temple?!
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