The second field season conducted by Montclair State University took place in July 2011. The season continued the archaeological investigations begun in 2010.
In 2011 we continued to investigate the curvilinear structure adjacent to the bath complex. This structure, preserved at foundation level, consists of three concentric wall segments connected by radial walls. We explored several different sectors. The NW sector was opened ex novo with the aim of verifying the results of geophysical surveys conducted in 2010, which provided evidence for the presence of wall segments there, although we have not yet been able to confirm the survey results. In the N and S-SW sectors we tried to understand whether the wall structure continued or not. So far we have been able to obtain a positive result only in the N sector. In fact, here not only do the walls continue, but we also uncovered a wall in opus latericium that perhaps belongs to a preceding construction phase, since it appears to be imbedded in the outermost wall of the curvilinear structure.
The 2011 geophysical survey, conducted with a different electromagnetometer, using an induction sensor, concentrated on an area already surveyed in 2010, and on an additional strip to the north. This new survey showed, west of the curvilinear structure, an area of low conductivity, which allows the hypothesis that the walls continue so as to form an ellipse or an approximate circle, perhaps to be interpreted as an amphitheater.
Similarly to 2010, the majority of the artifacts unearthed are fragments of white and polychrome marble and of black-and-white mosaic tesserae and polychrome glass tesserae. Noteworthy are also numerous anepigraphic brick stamps.
In the seasons to come one of our major goals is to define the exact layout, function, and chronology of this curvilinear structure and the adjacent areas.
- Deborah Chatr Aryamontri - Montclair State University
- Timothy Renner - Montclair State University
- Consuelo Cecchini
- Carlo Albo
- Michele di Filippo - Sapienza. Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra
- Flavio Cecchini
- Siro Margottini
- "Sapienza" Università di Roma
- Montclair State University – Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies
- Montclair State University, The John J. Cali Foundation
- Ralph J. Torraco Foundation, New Jersey
- The John J. Cali Foundation
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