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Returning to Italy for a second season with the Pompeii Food & Drink Project!!

Homeward Bound

I’ve passed the 2000 viewer mark with my blog!!  Thanks everybody for your interest.  As of this morning we are on our way home, with a stop in Roma this afternoon/evening.   We are home tomorrow night and I am ready … Continue reading

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Public bathing in Roman “Suburbia”…

A very quick one tonight – it’s past my bedtime.  We started in Region 2 today, ending up in the House of Venus on the Half-Shell, or Venere in Bikini.  Lots of nice, square dining rooms in there.  We left … Continue reading

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A sweaty morning in the Forum

Our first order of business today was a tour of the Roman Forum with Professor John Dobbins from the University of Virginia. He has spent many years researching every inch (visible and non) of this very large and important civic … Continue reading

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No more eggplant…

They are trying to kill me. Huge piles of eggplant, two nights in a row. The only problem being: I detest the eggplant. Never have been able to eat eggplant. It ranks up there with mushrooms and okra–icky. I’m just … Continue reading

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A week in Pompeii, and the weekend…

We started and ended Friday working in the Villa of Octavius Quartio: near the far end of the Abbondanza, with a very large garden complete with an ornamental canal. Again, we were working around the tourists, who seemed determined to … Continue reading

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Ancient Roman Restaurants, Taverns and Inns

Today felt quite productive–at least for my team.  After a group tour and lesson on the finer habits of Roman hygiene, courtesy of Mary Meir, we were temporarily delayed by a really nice bakery that lay between us and our … Continue reading

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Gardens, Fugitives, Lapili and Dolia

Today started with ALL of us heading into the Garden of the Fugitives, after it was decided that only a “few” of us should go in, because it’s not clear if our permit allows us to go in at all.  … Continue reading

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Day 2 in Pompeii

Hmm, we had hoped at the cl0se of the workday, yesterday, that today would run a bit smoother.  Well, we were off to another “slow” start.  The drawing team did not get it’s first assignment until after 10:30.  Apparently, the … Continue reading

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A day in an ancient Roman lamp factory

While it took a while to get started today–the PI’s spent several hours discussing the various attributes of the structure–we began and ended our day working in an ancient lamp factory, adjacent gardens and shop. My team (Anne and Joseph) … Continue reading

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We’re here… Siamo qui…

Nothing of any archaeological interest to report on today. This morning: a typical “Roman breakfast” (coffee, cornetto and some fruit juice), drag our bags for 10 minutes, past the church to the Termini (main railway station). After I managed to … Continue reading

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New Adventures!

For the next 2 1/2 weeks I’ll be posting from Roma and then Pompeii!  I am returning for a third year to work with the Pompeii Food and Drink Project in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.   After a few … Continue reading

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Lares, Spirits, Genius!

If you visit well preserved ancient Roman sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum or Stabiae (to name a few) you will quickly notice one particular element shared in common by nearly  every house and business space.  It is even found on … 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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