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Today’s photo: Public latrine, Ostia Antica

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Public restrooms in the Ancient Roman world

A shy, private person would not have an easy time of things in ancient Rome.  Bathing was typically conducted as a group activity, the baths of Caracalla in the city of Rome could accommodate upwards of 1600 bathers, and “going … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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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, … Continue reading

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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 … 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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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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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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