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In Archaeology No Stone Is Left Unturned

After the excavation
My final day with the project was 2 August 2002. The final day of excavations would be 8 August. There was a lot of activity and movement back and forth with wheelbarrows and shovels even though backfill was scheduled for the following day. Pits, holes and clearings were being buried again for protection until the next season.

The more interesting features of note, such as the toilet disposal system in SU185, were first covered with wooden panels to keep voids open until the next year. Such was his infatuation with the toilet disposal unit that Hobson personally covered the toilet bowl with a plywood lid and then a tarpaulin before having some of the excavators fill over the top with stones and earth.

I closed out two remaining SU records that were still on hold. I spent the rest of my last day in Pompeii sorting minute objects along with other workers. With many stones yet to be turned the day ended. Dep in thought I trudged along the cobble stone path back to the outside world.


Ecofacts collected
Fish bones
Land snails
Mammal bones carved into implements
Mammal bones in cut and broken pieces
Marine shells

Artifacts collected
Brick/tile (Mixed fragments)
Coins (Copper alloy coins and 1 silver)
Glass (Variety of very fine and delicate fragments)
Metal (Iron pieces/ copper alloy pins)
Mortar/cocciopesto (Mixed fragments)
Other ceramics (Mixed ceramic shards)
Plaster 1-color (Assortment of pieces in varying colors)
Plaster 2-color (Assortment of pieces some showing motifs)
Plaster unfinished (Mixed variety of fragments)
Pottery (Bowl, plate and cup fragments)
Stucco (Assortment of fragments)
Worked and/or shaped mammal bones (Various implements made from bone)
Worked stone (Several pieces of loom weights)


© Raul Botello 2007