July 20, 20100
As the team today swept the final dirt from the eastern peristyle court, two years of work are coming to fruition. Romans homes typically had a peristyle courtyard and in the late Roman period, particularly in north Africa, such courtyards had only three porticos, as is the case with the one you see here. Various rooms of the home give access to the courtyard from the east and from the south. We are just starting to reveal them.
And in the doorway of the central room to the east of the courtyard, Ted recovered an intact oil lap. The lamp may help us date the destruction of this area by earthquake. Congrats, Ted!