Uncovering a Tomb for the first time in 1600 years
I spent the morning after 5 am uncovering what looked like a mosaic floor, suddenly, one of the researchers asked me to clear away a solid area and notices that there was a carving of a cross in marble. I had just validated the existence of a late roman church, built on a former temple. I proceeded with caution, to excavate the area and uncovered what looks like a lime stone slab in front of the inscription. It appears that this may contain the remains of a early priest or monk. World renowned conservationist Dr. Eva Parandowska, instructed me on excavating under the holes in the mosaic, removing all of the dirt, and keeping track of all of the tessera (the mosaic stones). After hours of work, I refilled the hole with a mixture of lye and plaster, and carefully washed the tessera preparing it for placement tomorrow morning. After the site had been defined as a religious burial/temple, the bulldozer was sent in to remove excess debris, and clear the area for a further look tomorrow morning. The foundations of the building are prime examples of Roman design, and were modified for the new religion occupying the site. The limestone square fragments, are only 3 inches thick, and suggest that there may be another level below, which may contain a tomb of one, or many.