End of Season Update

Lab Note #3
Jul 11, 2014
Hello again!

Unfortunately this summer at Cosa we were smiled upon by neither the weather nor the internet gods. It rained for almost a complete week which hindered excavations, at times even to the extent that we could not dig at all. It was also difficult to find a strong and consistent access to internet, which did not help in posting lab notes directly from the field (so hopefully this and the following lab notes will make up for their absence). On the other hand, the material and architecture that we were able to uncover in the shortened season vastly made up what we lacked in web access and sunshine. 

Thanks to your help and support, my fellow excavators and I were able to clarify the picture of Cosa's bath complex. In addition, with more information uncovered came more questions that have already inspired us to formulate questions that we want answered in the seasons to come.

Last year, we were able to uncover a good amount of architecture towards the southern end of the complex where the street lies. Therefore, when planning new trenches for this season, we wanted to extend our southern limit further west in order to expose more of what we believed to be the entrance of the building. In the end, that was exactly what we found.

(Aerial Photo by Matthew Brennan (Indiana University); The top of the photograph is towards the north, and the bottom, the south)

To the right of the trench, in the photo above, was the general location of last year's Façade Sounding (2) trench wherein we found several walls, different types of surfaces, and the edge of the street that ran at the southern end of the complex. In the photograph, towards the bottom left, you can see the stone door sill that features the door's pivot hole on the right (hopefully you can see that closely). The wall that abuts the door sill also includes a bench feature that appears to run into the trench to the north that you can just see at the top of the photograph. Towards the bottom right was an elevated surface, beneath which we excavated an area with a good amount of Republican pottery sherds (the rectangular cut in the bottom right of the photograph is this excavation area and hence, artificial).

When the data that we have has been organized and discussed further I shall post again. There will be some particularly beautiful and fascinating shots thanks to Matthew Brennan and his work with a drone (both for aerial photos and 3D modeling). He will make models not only of the above trench, but other trenches from this season and points of interest around the site of Cosa. For now, I can only show a picture of the drone and its master (and Jay on the ramparts of the Torre in which we are housed). 

Until I can post again, there are some resources that you can check out if you're interested in what happened at Cosa this season. A blog was kept (when internet was available) and it can be accessed at Cosa Excavations' 2014 Blogger Page. There you will find information on the dig from the perspectives of different excavators, as well as interesting insights into what we found and what areas of Cosa, both above and below ground, we explored throughout the month.  The Cosa Excavations website also will have additional material when it becomes available. 

Once again, thank you so much for your help and support. It was and is greatly appreciated!

Best wishes, 
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