For the fieldwork section of the project's season, in 2012 we have decided to open four trenches. Each one is positioned precisely and is designed to answer key architectural and/or archaeological questions we have as we engage in the writing up of the project for final publication. This number may grow as we hot upon new evidence, or we may move archaeologists and diggers from one section of the site to another at certain stages. As is normal for our site, they are designated with a number ('12' for 2102) and a letter. All finds that end up in our inventory will be marked with this trench number and the number of the deposit it was found in, as well as its inventory number.
The four trenches are:
Trench 12A - which is located on the south-eastern side of the theatre, where most of our excavations took place last year. This one is aiming to locate the remnants of the eastern-most part of any foundations of any of the various stage buildings of the theatre.
Trench 12B - is a continuation of the areas we excavated last year designated 11B. It will explore the area between the rear of the stage building, and the Roman-period road running in an east-west direction to the south of the site. Some medieval period remains are also expected here.
Trench 12C - this is located at the very top of the cavea (the ancient seating area), and will expose the very upper levels of bedrock cuts in the upper central area of the seating.
Trench 12D - will be opened in the very west of the site, alongside the deep cut in the bedrock on the western parodos (entranceway) which we were exploring in 2010. This trench which try to expose more of the 'platform' area beside the deep cut to enable us a better understanding of its dimensions and to make it safer for f
The site after cleaning but before we begin excavations.
We shall open four trenches at this stage, potentially working others at a later date.
Its the teams first day in Paphos in 2012, here to work our next excavation season (our fourteenth!) under the auspices of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus. (The Department's website is here!)
Over the coming five weeks, join us as various members of the team explain the work they do, how excavations seasons in Cyprus are different from their regular work or study back in Australia and some of their impressions of Cyprus and fieldwork more generally.
Today was a rest day for most of the team to get over jetlag, with the project directors having meetings with our Department colleagues at the Paphos Museum and the trench leaders working out where trenches will be located and where spoilheaps will be placed today.
The site is a little overgrown but we will do some work starting tomorrow clearing it up and getting ready to excavate!!!
We are very excited to be back in Paphos! Hope you can join us as we work.
Each season our team including the directors, students, architects, volunteers, ceramicists and other finds specialists will blog about the day to day sweat and adventures that come with life on an archaeological dig.