Monday, 27 July 2009

Apollonia Arsuf Day 6

During the weekend a couple of excursions was arranged for attendees around archaeological sites and places of historical inportance. This included a tour of the exposed aquaduct system which fed the city of caesaria built by king herod. We also toured through an underground aquaduct built by the Romans for 500 metres, wading through ice cold water. The following day, I took the overseas attendees to Caesaria and toured the ancient herodian, roman, Byzantine and crusader remains. The city contains some of the finest surviving roman and Byzantine structures and includes an ampitheatre and circus (hippodrome). 

Day 6
Today I was joined by 3 additional attendees from England and really started to push the excavation in order to try and understand the curtain Walls. We've exposed another section of a wall underneath the Arabic remains and will hopefully have them fully uncovered by conclusion of day 7 of excavations. I've closed the two remaining areas of the initial square, now making the 5x5 we started excavations on day one completely closed... apart from removing a section of the central bulk in order to understand the early Arabic fortifications. I've opened up two new areas and will focusing all efforts within the two new quadrants to trace the crusader tower foundations before end of the week. Throughout the week I've been conducting surveys of the site using a dumpy level and have been giving crash courses in it's usage for the overseas attendees.. I received the survey drawings today produced from our data along with a total station survey produced by external surveyors.


1 comment:

  1. That underground aquaduct sounds great. Would have made a change to the warm Mediteranean sea!