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Today’s Photo: Amphorae in Pompeii

Amphorae in a garum factory in Pompeii These amphorae were cleaned and stacked in the corner, waiting be filled with fish sauce, when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.  Needless to say, the fish sauce deliveries for that week were “delayed.”

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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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