Episode 8 of Emerging Cypriot is now posted. Similar in theme to Episode 7: The Wall on Kokkinokremos, this short documents in the in-field component of the process of archaeological analysis on the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. Specifically, Joe Patrow captures my initial rumination on the wall on Vigla.
The full extent of this wall became evident after the dry winter ended with torrential spring rains. These rains cleared earth and vegetation away from parts of the wall allowing us to follow it for much more of its length than during previous seasons. On the ground, the wall is very difficult to see and almost impossible to video or photograph in a convincing way. From the air, however, its course along the south face of Vigla is clearly visible. On the photo to the left below note the parallel lines just to the right of the cultivated area. The northern approach to Vigla was fortified by another stretch of wall and a dry moat, or taphros which is also more visible from the air than the ground as is clear from the two parallel lines separated by a line of bushes on the right of the the photo to the right.
This short also captures one of the archaeological problems that we face at Vigla. The material on the plowed surface of the hill is predominantly Late Classical or Hellenistic (i.e. 4th-2nd c. BC). We are fairly convinced that the construction techniques used in the wall and dry moat are Late Roman or Early Byzantine in date (i.e. ca. 600 AD). Moreover, our geophysical work (stay tuned for Episode 9!!) produced an image suggestive of an Late Roman basilica style church. Excavations this summer should shed considerable light on this archaeological mystery. I think some of my confusion about this seeming incongruity (a Classical-Hellenistic overburden?) is evident in this short.
A few technical notes
The video is all in QuickTime which you will need to download to watch it. If you right click and download the video, it is formatted for viewing on your iPod or even iPhone or iPod Touch. When a new installment is made, the image will become a rollover image. We'll add a short a week. I borrowed the idea for this format from a video series at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The center square in the last row is a link to the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project web page where you can read more about everything that you see in these film shorts.
We have posted a particularly frank interview with the director of Emerging Cypriot and Survey on Cyprus, and you can read the commentaries on the first seven shorts (with links to those shorts) below.