DescriptionHow do we use survey data when making decisions about placing excavation trenches? This question has become relevant as the Groningen Institute of Archaeology intends to excavate at a site with a complex history of previous investigations. Called Timpone delle Fave, this Final Bronze Age hilltop site in northern Calabria (Italy) is of interest because, together with a few other sites that have emerged from the RAP survey project, it offers the possibility of refining the regional pottery typochronology for the FBA-EIA transitional period.
So, we want to excavate a closed FBA1-2 hut context. But the information available on which to base the decision where to place an excavation trench is rather sketchy: several unsystematic surveys seem to indicate areas where hut loam and storage pottery are concentrated, but these previous collections may also have changed the patterning in the current surface record. A limited systematic total field survey and magnetometer survey conducted in 2019 both suffer from poor conditions – a sloping and uneven surface, and dense vegetation occasionally broken by wild boar rooting. If we cannot conduct a good systematic intensive (re-) survey, can we still fix on the optimum location for a test trench? We would like to discuss this.
|Event title||38th Meeting of the International Mediterranean Survey Workshop|