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Zambujal Update

Remember these archaeologists in Portugal digging all that dirt last spring when I visited the ancient Castro do Zambujal, and Sónia Cravo and Fábio Rocha gave me that wonderful tour?

Archaeologists at Zambujal in May 2018

Remember Sónia, head of the project, looking over the site on the day of my May visit, seeing the tremendous amount of work yet to do?

Sónia in May 2018 Overlooks Work Ahead

So that was then.

This is now.

Castro do Zambujal in August 2018. Drone Photo by Fábio.

After three months of digging the archaeologists have cleared many loads of dirt to reveal what once lay buried. The citadel seems to rise into a greater semblance of its once-powerful position above the rolling hills near the western coast of the Iberian peninsula. Sónia sent me three photos taken this month by Fábio, for which he used a drone to get some perspective above the site, the photo above and two more below.

Castro do Zambujal in August 2018. Drone Photo by Fábio.

Castro do Zambujal in August 2018. Drone Photo by Fábio.

In these new photos I can see places I walked and more walls I wasn’t aware of. This helps me get a better idea of the configuration of this citadel that plays a significant role in part of my upcoming series. And look how clean the rocks are compared to the May photos. It’s a painstaking process, digging carefully, always alert to what might be found in the next scoop of dirt. They’re still working on it. But they have made impressive progress. What a change!

Sónia also sent a photo of the two of them happily waving. When I visited in May I couldn’t help noticing the camaraderie among the people working on the project. The story of my thrilling May visit is here.

Zambujal Archaeologists Sónia Cravo and Fábio Rocha

I so appreciate Sónia and Fábio sharing these new photos with me and their readiness to answer questions that come up. As I work through my revisions I’m sure questions will arise and it’s good to know I have such friendly sources ready to help me.

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