Prompt Photo Reports on the Progress of the Archeological Excavation.
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A fragment of a marble statue

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b0159178_811390.jpg We found a fragment of a marble statue among the scattered materials in this area. It is a woman's right hand holding a small bowl.
Unluckily we couldn't find any other fragment of this statue in neighborhood.
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-28 08:29 | materials

A visitor

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"Hey ! What are you doing !
Stop it, and let's play together now...
"

She comes here twice a day at least.
She is very very friendly to all of us, but she is too big for us to play with.
So every body tries to look away from her, otherwise she will jump upon any one who takes a glance at her to give a hug with full of her affection.
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-28 07:35 | fellows

Some architectural elements are emerging.

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b0159178_6315849.jpg Some parts of a wall constructed on a parallel with the wall with a decorated gate ??





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b0159178_6321294.jpg Two walls right-angled to the wall with a decorated gate ??








or

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or something else ???







B, C
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A wall constructed to divide a room in two parts. It was added late for the beginning construction of the main frame of this building.
It leaned against a former wall on the south end, and it was not united with the former one.
And finally it collapsed.
So now we can see a fresco decoration conserved very well on the former wall only in the area where the fresco was protected for a long time by the south end of this attaching wall up to a hole in which a huge beam was inserted.

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A detail of the connection of two walls.

D Another cistern ?
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"The margin of it is not revealed, but there must be beneath my foot....
Well... It is very vaguely yet, but can you see it ?"
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-27 06:51 | architecture

Let's fuel up before starting the engines!

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by villa_somma | 2009-08-27 05:34 | general

The site of today

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Now we are arriving at 5m below the actual ground level,
and we continue removing some volcanic materials.
In the lower part on the cross section (between the red line in the photo and the pavement of this building) you can see a layer which is composed of many architectural fragments. These fragments are covered with volcanic ash of the eruption in 472 A.D..

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On the place about 9m below the ground level we are removing volcanic sand and ash which were accumulated in the very beginning of the eruption in 472 A.D..
We can see another layer under them. It covers directly the floor of this building, and it contains many fragments of ceramics, many fragments of architectural materials and some organic materials of 5th century A.D..

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Many artificial materials (fragments of various types of ceramics, fragments of roof tiles and so on) and many stones were scattered in the corner of this area a little before the eruption in 472 A.D.
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-25 08:25 | general

We had a mechanical problem!!

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In the afternoon of last Friday our crane suddenly stopped because of some mechanical troubles.
We can't go on excavating any more without it!!
So immediately we called an service engineer.
He came to the site this morning to repair it.
What a brave man he is !
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-25 07:10 | general

Initial participants in the excavation of this year (2)

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by villa_somma | 2009-08-25 06:48 | fellows

Initial participants in the excavation of this year

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Later we will add some photos to show you other initial participants.
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-22 09:02 | fellows

The progress of the excavation

We are removing some sediments of volcanic materials.
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Area A
A (08/19/2009)
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B (08/21/2009)
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Area B
C (07/27/2009)
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D (07/30/2009)
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E (08/03/2009)
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F (08/19/2009)
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-22 08:48 | mud flood

We are very sorry !!

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We started the excavation of this year in the middle of July.
But we have had many technical problems of internet connection until now,
so we could not give an update on the situation of the excavation.
Now we are ready to put some pictures to show you the proceeding of it.

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1) We extended the excavating area southward to reveal the situation behind of the wall with a well decorated gate.
2) We extended a part of north area to find another cistern.
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by villa_somma | 2009-08-21 07:34 | general