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A New Excavation


The Background

Early Research

The First Season (2002)

The Archaeological Investigations of 2003


The First Season (2002)

The first season began on July 24, 2002 and ended six weeks later (July 30).  At the beginning of the work, fragments of tufa, travertine, broken tufa steps, glass shards, metal bands, and broken brick and concrete extended to the top of the barrel vault of the Excavation Area. It  took most of the excavation season to remove this rubble.

At the end of the season, however, the excavators had opened a central corridor that extends to the lower section of the post-antique south wall. The floor of beaten earth thus exposed promised easy access to the underlying archaeo- logical strata.

before excavation   after excavation
Fig. 8. The EA before excavation.   Fig. 9. The EA after excavation.

As proved by the gradual curve of its lateral walls on the new excavation plan, this now accessible open area was originally part of the ambulacrum. The vault, however, was either late-antique or medieval. When the level of the detritus in the Excavation Area was slightly lower than at present, someone cut a small hole in the post-antique south wall.  Tufa and marble fragments, among them, an ancient white marble impost block, were later used to close this opening.

Mixed with the modern detritus, the small finds all come from surface of the earth fill.

post-antique wall    
Fig. 10. The hole in the south post-antique wall.


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