Tag: Rome

  • Lions, and Bears and Gladiators: Oh My!

    There has been a lot of hype lately regarding the imminent opening of the underground corridors, or “hypogeum”, of the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) in Rome this summer.  And, while I am very curious to explore them myself, I would like to suggest an alternate, or additional stop on your tour of ancient Roman gladiatorial sport venues: […]

  • 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…

  • Another day another milk crate…

    Our levels are almost done, maybe after tomorrow… We are still finding some great epigraphs – many of them look like they were just painted. The “C” level team came up with an Oriental globular form with red lettering instead of black. That is the first one this year and the Maestro was beside himself. They also identified another Consular name – “Torquatus “. In 128 AD there was a L. Nonius Calpurnius Torquatus Asprenas that served as Consul…

  • The Finger

    So, when I flew out here, I packed a very realistic, latex, severed index finger – complete with bloody stump/protruding bone. Today, I snuck it into one of our milk crates…

  • I Finded The Internets!

    I’m here and, even better, the hotel has wireless!  The flight was fine, delayed out of Denver, then on-time from Atlanta to Rome.  Our hotel is 2 blocks from the Pyramid – C. Cestius’ tomb.  I found coffee and gelato right across the street.  I’m in my happy place!  Toni, the crew director for the […]

  • The next adventure

    Shelly is off to Rome for the next dig on Saturday, 20 September 2008.

  • One more time…

    From the Aventine, I climbed up and across the hill and dropped down to the Circus Maximus…

  • Isis, cows and Lemonsoda

    Today we started off in the House of Successus. There’s a large thermopolium in front and, once again, the professori feel that at one point this house was converted to a restaurant. I was dictating notes for Dr Curtis and a couple walked up, listened in a bit and said “that’s not what the guidebook says”. Everyone thought that was just funny…

  • Scala!!

    Yesterday I got hit in the head with a lemon. This after climbing thousands of stairs to a path overlooking the sea…