In trench 12A we've got a plethora of nationalities getting down and dirty in the name of archaeology. Our home on site is located to the south-west of the theatre, providing us with an enviable view of the Paphos tourist bus, which drives past a number of times each day. Naturally we've named ourselves the A team; although we are but a small group, we more than live up to our name. With week two behind us we're all set to embark upon our third week of excavations.
Having already uncovered an exciting selection of small ﬁnds, we thought our luck would have run out, but apparently luck is something we have in abundance as we've also uncovered some exciting structural features which may pre-date the Roman road running across the site, and give us a glimpse into the site’s early Roman - or even, dare I say it, Hellenistic - history! Team member Anthony (or Mr T) also uncovered a mason's mark, which has never been seen before on-site!
As a newbie digger I wasn't sure what to expect, but I must admit the perks of ﬁeld archaeology are many. Where else can you justify eating breakfast not once but twice? The Cypriot equivalent of Nutella (Mr Choc) isn't at all bad and is in ample supply on site.
Now that we've all reﬁned our shovelling, picking and troweling we should have week three in the bag!
- Sarah Little
N.B. What not to do on an archaeological excavation: Wear Nike trainers (these DO NOT make for fun dig attire); mistake an important marble sculptural relief for a rock and toss it into your spoil bucket; have bad spatial awareness; sing Phil Collins in your trench.