Images of the nymphaeum being backfilled on the final day of work on site. The matting and the soil will protect the mosaic and plaster until a proper conservation treatment can be completed, and will prevent deterioration. The general policy in Cyprus now is to build covers over mosaics that are exposed, or else re-bury them. Visitors to the Paphos Museums at the House of Dionysos and the House of Ion will have seen the buildings protecting the mosaic floors.
Meanwhile Ronan is finishing the Trench 11B digbook. Our project uses both a trench diary (digbook) and context sheets for each individual deposits.
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.