Stanford Excavations at Monte Polizzo, Sicily

Project handbook 4th edition, 2004


 

Table of Contents
1 Introduction (PDF Document)
1.1 The purpose of the handbook
1.2 Contact information (important!)
1.3 Timetable

2 Safety (PDF Document)
2.1 General concerns
2.2 Hygiene
2.3 Consideration

3 Maps and plans- Part I (PDF Document)

3 Maps and plans - Part II (PDF Document)

4 Project aims (PDF Document)

5 A very brief history of Sicily (PDF Document)
5.1 Earliest prehistory
5.2 Bronze Age Sicily
5.3 Colonial/archaic Sicily
5.4 Classical Sicily
5.5 Hellenistic and Roman Sicily
5.6 The end of the Roman Empire
5.7 Medieval Sicily
5.8 Modern Sicily

6 The excavation so far (PDF Document)
6.1 Project history
3.2 Summary of results (2000-2003) and goals for 2004

7 Excavation

Part I (PDF Document)
7.1 Teaching goals
7.2 Digging
2.1 Site formation processes
2.2 Stratigraphy
2.3 Organization
2.4 Tools
2.5 Sampling
2.6 Interpretation

Part II (PDF Document)

7.3 Recording
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Recording sheets
3.3 Notebooks

Part III (PDF Document)

3.4 Profiles
3.5 Plans
3.6 Elevations
3.7 Triangulation
3.8 The Harris matrix
3.9 Working with Total Stations
3.10 Photography

Part IV (PDF Document)

7.4 On-site finds handling
7.5 Schedule
5.1 Calendar
5.2 Daily schedule
7.6 Project staff
7.7 Organizational structure

8 The lab (PDF Document)
8.1 Finds processing
8.2 Finds from Monte Polizzo

9 Preparation for publication (PDF Document)

10 Practical matters (PDF Document)

11 Glossary of archaeological terms (PDF Document)

12 Bibliography (PDF Document)

13 Recording sheets (PDF Document)

14 Harris matrices (PDF Document)
14.1 A1-A4 area
1.1 Key
1.2 Reverse key
14.2 A5 area
2.1 Key
2.2 Reverse key


Illustrations

Cover Artifact 2423, an incised dipper found in place on the bedrock in area A1/4, sealed by layer A1.111. Probably made in the late 7th century BC, but in use till nearly 550 BC. Restoration and photos Anne Haabu
3.1 Map of modern Sicily
3.2 Map of Salemi
3.3 Major ancient sites in western Sicily
3.4 Aerial photograph of Monte Polizzo
3.5 Monte Polizzo site plan (contour interval 20 meters)
3.6 Acropolis plan
3.7 Plan of period II (6th-century BC) structures in zone A
3.8 West terrace, building A5, c. 600-550 BC
3.9 West terrace, c. 550-525 BC
3.10 Area of building A1, c. 600-550 BC
3.11 Building A1, c. 550 BC
3.12 Building A1, c. 550-525 BC
3.13 Building A1, c. 525-550 BC
3.14 6th-century BC antler deposits
3.15 Remains excavated in zone D, 2002
3.16 Remains of building A3 (c. 350-300 BC)
3.17 Profile drawing, west balk of trench 0X79-80, zone E, 2003
6.1 Possible Palaeolithic stone tool, found in survey in 2003
6.2 Part of a destruction deposit in room C1/1, c. 575 BC (excavated 2002)
6.3 Artifact 2309, an indigenous grayware bowl with stamped decoration
6.4 Artifact 2424, an indigenous grayware bowl with incised decoration
6.5 Building A1, 2003 season
6.6 Collapsed storage vessel in zone D, c. 525 BC (excavated 2002)
6.7 Coins and dice from around building A3, c. 350-300 BC
6.8 Green-glazed bowl from building C2, dating c. AD 1100-1125
7.1 Plan of building B1
7.2 Simplified profile through B1, along line a-a in fig 7.1
7.3 Formation processes of the archaeological record: Monte Polizzo B1
7.4 Early stages of the excavation of zone A, 2001
7.5 Stratigraphy and elevation: Wheeler's example from Pakistan
7.6 How to label the corners of a new 5 x 5 meter trench
7.7 Stanford Archaeology major Andrea Amico using the pick in zone E
7.8 Small tools in use: excavation of trench K100, 2003
7.9 Lele Urquhart using a dental tool to clean around a jawbone
7.10 Sweeping in building A5, 2003
7.11 Sieving in zone A, 2001, with a view towrad Mozia
7.12 Flotation in Salemi, 1999
7.13 Carbonized grape pips from Monte Polizzo, 550-525 BC

7.14

Abandoned building on the outskirts of Salemi, 2002
7.15 Erinn Evans recording in trench N107 (2002(
7.16 Chris Sevara and Bengt Westergaard using the high-precision GPS
7.17 Completed context sheet for K100 layer ±
7.18 Laying out profile drawings
7.19 Kathryn Lafrenz drawing a profile in building A5 (2003)
7.20 Planning a destruction deposit BC in room C1/1
7.21 Taking elevations with the Dumpy level
7.22 Triangulating to a small find
7.23 Principles of the Harris matrix
7.24 3-D recording of Building A1, 2003
7.25 Backfilling zone A, 2003
8.1 Gautam Raghavan washing pottery, 2001
8.2 Emma Blake (University of Michigan) in the lab
8.3 Bronze fibula (safety pin), early 6th century BC, from zone E
8.4 Bone ring or bracelet from building A1
8.5 Punic stele, c. 350-300 BC
8.6 Artifact 2441: East Greek B2 cup from the A5 terrace, c. 550 BC
14.1 A1 area Harris matrix
14.2 A5 area matrix

Tables

1 Basic chronology
2 Salemi highlights