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Missing the Desert or “A Moab Rock-Art Tour”!

Around this time last year we were in Moab taking in the local rock art “scene” with our Moabite friend, Ginny. She showed us her favorite sites and I introduced her to a collection of petroglyphs and pictographs at the base of the Book Cliffs, north of Moab. We started out by driving north.. Continue reading

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Fine!

We’re done! Two weeks of mapping, photographing and describing ancient Roman kitchens, taverns, food shops, cooking platforms, dining rooms, dining gardens, etc. One last day in Pompeii… Continue reading

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ERCOLANO!!

Lyn and I discovered that the new “virtual museum” in Ercolano actually IS open for business and well worth the 7 Euro admission price. There are several, very well done, interactive exhibits throughout the museum, all relating to the archaeological finds in the Vesuvian area.
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Only two days left!!!

Today we were in Region I, Insulae 13 for a change of scenery. Finished up mapping in the toilet from yesterday. And, I managed to do it without smashing my skull again on the door lintel. The first couple of houses we looked at were fine, a very nice masonry dining couch (triclinium) in one and a vegetable garden/kitchen in the other. The grand finale for today was a house with a “sweet” masonry triclinium, under a grape-vine arbor, in a garden. The adjoining kitchen has an incredible (doesn’t actually do it justice) lararium painting depicting the entire family making sacrifice. The imagery includes food offerings, a mule with a pack, a camel with a pack, a sacrificial ox, wine jugs, and a god pouring libations onto the altar. The detail in the painting is amazing – ties on the sandals, facial features, etc Continue reading

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Vote for Julius Polybius: He makes good bread!

If you have seen any documentary, movie or read anything about Ancient Pompeii, you are probably familiar with the house of Julius Polybius (english spelling). It is NEVER EVER open to anybody, not even visiting archaeologists! Today, Prof. Lowe sweetalked his way into the villa with Lyn, myself, Rob and Mary in tow. I am, to use a good British phrase, gobsmacked! Continue reading

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Calcio in Treno!!

Apparently we missed quite the brawl on the train yesterday… Continue reading

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The weekend!!

We are taking advantage of the weekend here. Yesterday we made our way to Sorrento, hopped on a ferry and headed to Positano… Continue reading

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Primus was Here!

Today was spent in the House of the Triclinium and the “House of Jupiter” (turns out it was actually a restaurant and not a house at all). While exploring the House of the Triclinium, Lyn found great graffiti – “Primus Hic”, a bird, a boat and a bunch of drunken Greek writing. Continue reading

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Silver Wedding, House With Shop, Another Successus….

Yesterday we completed the House of the Silver Wedding – named after the fact that the family ruling in Naples back in the 19th century hosted a silver wedding anniversary party there. Yet another incredible villa, always locked, off the beaten path and not a tourist to be seen. It comes complete with a rebuilt tetra-style atrium (4 columns supporting the compluvium roof, over a very nice impluvium). Continue reading

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Sciopero!

A strike, a personal tour of the Pompeian forum with John Dobbins and a lost writer with “inappropriate” footwear… Continue reading

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Week 1: Team 2!!

Day one, delays, il supermercato and one hell of a thunderstorm… Continue reading

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Finally, the Internet!

Saturday: Sleep in, find cappuccino, pay respects to the “Fugitives” in the garden, walk through forum, go find gelato, jump in pool, La Lanterna in Sorrento for dinner. Today: sleep until 10:00, realize you’ve missed breakfast, find alternate cappuccino, help unload project storage room, take train to Sorrento again… Welcome to the Pompeii Food and Drink Project 2009. Continue reading

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Leaving Tomorrow!

Another year has come and gone!  We fly out of Denver tomorrow morning; an easy train ride from Roma to Napoli; another train to Pompeii and thus begins the 2009 season of the Pompeii Food and Drink Project.  I had … Continue reading

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One Day to Go!

Putting the pieces together again… It’s not as easy as it might sound. Take six standard sized milk crates of broken crockery, mix them together and then spread them all on a long table. Continue reading

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Fine!

We did it!! We finished with the scrubbing. The last crate went in at 4:00 and we had everything put away by 5. As a reward for our effort, the archaeologist working in the new market location across the street took us on a tour of his site. It’s huge! There are Claudian horrea (warehouses) in one corner and across the lot, walls dating to Trajan. Continue reading

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