Tag: excavation

  • One last look at Rome…

    It seems that I’ve recovered from my jet-lag.  This year it was especially bad.  There are actually gaps in my memory from last week.  I took all the right precautions: regular sleep schedule, time in the sun, exercise, lots of water, no alcohol, no naps etc.  I can recount every minute of our last day: […]

  • Ostia Antica…

    Ostia Antica…

    Wow!  The summer the trains heading out of Rome for the beach, are packed!  Unfortunately, Ostia Antica (the ancient port town at the mouth of the Tiber) lies 3 stops on the line before you get to the beach.  Luckily, it’s only a 30 minute trip.  Once you get there, you’ll soon realize that it […]

  • In Roma…

    In Roma…

    We survived our flight, noisy students and mediocre in-flight service aside.  When the airline asks you for feedback on your travel experience, do you think they REALLY mean that?  Anyway… Wednesday is mostly a blur.  We checked into our room at Trinity B&B: Huge room, very clean, a working fridge, free air-conditioning and they let […]

  • A Southwest Archaeology reading list..

    I will probably never own a “digital reader” or “wireless reading device”.  I love books too much to ever consider trading in the feel of  a real one in my hands for the technological convenience of having hundreds of books downloaded onto an impersonal, cold plastic/glass shell: no pages to turn, no way to actually write notes in […]

  • 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.

  • Martedi!

    We found a tile from a mosaic floor today, along with a clamshell and an amphorae base with the name Marini scratched into it. Lots of painted graffiti in the level we opened up – Hadrian was in power at the time…

  • Day One… Hurry up and wait!

    Today was the start of the field season so, lots of brush clearing and stacking and re-stacking milk crates (they don’t put artifacts in bags here – big milk crates. The diggers started a new trench and found a bomb crater from WWII. They backfilled that, moved 20 up the hill and cleared more brush. […]