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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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Last Day in Pompeii

Just finished up my last day of work on the project. I take a train up to Roma in the morning. The collapsable villa didn’t collapse! The garden was incredible, even being surrounded by scaffolding. They’ve reconstructed the upper floor … Continue reading

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Steady the ladder!

There is an inscription on the Via Del’Abbondanza announcing a weekend of gladiatorial games, wild beast hunts, and musicians. It comes complete with misters to keep the crowd cool and an awning to block the sun. It tells us the name of the man that sponsored it and how much he spent. The last sentence reads – “Lantern holder, steady the ladder”. Continue reading

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