The Nymphaeum at the Villa
A charming little fountain at the Baths of Diocletian
Palazzo Altemps, wall fountains, in the courtyard and the in the loggia
Villa d'Este: The massive Oval Fountain and the famed alleyway of a hundred fountains
Villa d'Este: Recording garden pots now wherever I go.
The rather peculiar
Villa d'Este: the water organ and the view out along the chain of fishponds
Still in Tivoli, on to Hadrian's Villa: a large pool called the Pelice
looking towards the Hall of the Philosophers and Hadrian's get away
from it all 'Maritime Theatre', not maritime and not a theatre but
there you are.
Hadrian's Villa: Another famous image, the Canopus
Back in Rome one of the four Quattro Fontane next to Bernini's famous
wavy front to San Carlo. The Nymphaeum in the Farnese Gardens on the
Couldn't resist this early piece of plant care in the Palazzo
The Cortile delle Pigna, a Roman fountain head based on a giant pine
A beautiful little street fountain in Ostia Antica
The Palazzo Nuovo on the Capitoline, the fountain of Marforio with detail of spouting dolphin
Cascade within the octagonal chamber in Nero's long buried palace, the Domus Aurea
... and then it was back to the UK and back to work.
But not to Hanwell, first of all
was a call to Stowe where the campaign to replace the statues of Apollo
and the Nine Muses is well underway with the digging of ten pits, 1.2m
square and 0.5m deep had to be done and not surprisingly we uncovered
archaeology including a new statue base on a different alignment
suggesting a tighter arc closer in to the Doric Arch than previously
thought and a massive stone wall presumably a left over of the
medieval/pre-garden settlement. It all had to be done in a bit of a
rush however as the truck coming to pour concrete trundled ever closer.
... whilst Peter and Ian begin to lift Pot 25, it it one or three pots?
Only time will tell and here are some of the pots safely gathered in
whilst the rain starts to fall in earnest.
The last week in
October saw a big change as Peter, who had been helping with the finds,
decided to move on and so we shifted things round and moved some of the
finds processing facilities ( a gazebo, table and washing up bowls!)
down to the main site. An event which produced an unexpected bonus...
Wet at the start of the week, I expect this will now be the picture
until next summer. Even so we pump out and carry on with Ian cleaning
the section and Nathan cleaning the wall.
Up at the Coach house photographer Chris kindly came over and continued
building our photographic record of the reconstructed pots.
Down in the mud the other Chris and Nathan continued lifting pots so by
the end of the week George and Jack could certify the area free of
finds... well almost.
So the new finds department in action and bingo! or perhaps beano! a
most remarkable find. Pot 18 was dated to 1664. This is such a crucial
piece of evidence that I have barely begun to think through the
implications but they are huge.