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The 2011 Campaign: The Opening Of The Right-side Chamber

Once the work of emptying the "Piazzaletto", archaeologists faced a new challenge: the right-side chamber was closed by a rectangular slab in nenfro that had to be removed to allow the investigation of the environment. Broken at the top after an ancient intrusion of thieves, the heavy slab still has the original seal in clay, with the fingerprints of the workers who built that closure.
On August 12, archeologists proceeded to the opening, in collaboration with the Fire Department. Given the exceptional nature of the event, city officials were also present.
With the employment of an air-pillow the plate was deviated by a few centimeters, so as to move the harness straps. A band was hooked to the bucket of the bulldozer, another was maneuvered instead by the fire brigade inside the "Piazzaletto". With a delicate connected action the plate was first removed, then lifted and abandoned on a wood flatcar.
The bedchamber door was finally visible: a double band painted in red and black highlights the profile of the entrance arch. After 2700 years, the colors, protected from the plate, are still incredibly vivid.
 
THE SIDE-CHAMBERS OF THE “PIAZZALETTO
Removed the closing slab, the right-side chamber was investigated by the archaeologists.
The environment, perfectly preserved in the structure, was devastated by the passage inside of the ancient desecrators.
Three blocks of nenfro, that has been probably a funerary platform shaped in imitation of a wooden bed, were reported among the many finds.
The walls were originally covered by the same plaster in alabastrine gypsum found in the “Piazzaletto”; except for a small band still in situ on the bottom of the chamber, all the plasters collapsed to the ground, in a fragmentary state, but with substantial traces of ancient paintings. Archaeologists and restorers started a delicate action of recovery.
At the same time the work of investigation of the left-chamber proceeded. The room was partially caved following the collapse of the bank of the right wall of the environment: a clayey package, that has been present to the place of the rock, caused the collapse of the structure for its friability. During the excavation of this environment, which took place starting from the yielding of the ceiling, archaeologists recovered numerous fragments of plaster with faint traces of painting and iron remains of a vehicle, possibly a carriage.
 
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