I’ve been promising a post about my archeology class for ages. Here it is.
There are pictures. Most of them are of class stuff, but some of them are just of Córdoba.
This was our second practical class. We walked to an empty lot in the center of the city, which turned out to have an excavation hidden behind the locked gates. It was finished a bit ago. I think the prof said that they’re now deciding whether the site is important enough to be saved somehow, or if it’s okay to build apartments on top of it.
Roman ruins are generally two to three meters down. The straight walls are part of a roman house; the circular holes are wells from the arab period. The sort of trough at the end of the picture is part of an aqueduct that fell.
And, what I failed to convey in the previous picture: the narrow little gap between excavations that we were walking along. I think that it was an arab-era wall. Or maybe I made that up. At any rate, in this picture we have Ana, Cam, and Padric (left to right).
The next week: we go to a house that was originally built in the middle ages that is currently having the modern layers taken off. These are not arches of medio punto; they’re the other kind, where the slope of the arch changes towards the base.
You can clearly see the alternating ladrillos y piedras (bricks and stones) that were only one of the many different architecture styles that were evident in this house. In the blurry bit further in you can vaguely see the bigger stones from a different era.
A guy scraping mortar out from the wall of one of the inner arches. Here you can see a different style of brickwork. When they’re done taking bits off, they’re going to stabilize the oldest bits, which will be incorporated into the entryway of the new building.
And now, a quick break from our regularly scheduled programming to show you the Iglesia de Santa Marina, a very pretty, quite large church with something architecturally interesting about it which I’ve now forgotten, which was only a block or so from the house.
This is the museum. Here you can see some swords (falcatas – traditional pre-roman iron swords; they were buried with their owners, but were bent first to discourage grave-robbing), some small statues, and early wheel pottery.
Various roman stuff. We learned that many of the statues recovered are headless because they were carved without heads, and then the client’s head was added later. This could be done with arms, too. The original Mr. Potato Head.
The museum itself was quite pretty, with traditional archy architecture and patio and stuff. Unfortunately this was right about the point where they told us that you couldn’t take pictures. Which was a shame, because the steps of the roman theater which cut through a bit of the museum were pretty darn cool.