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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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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. Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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Mind Your Finger,

I knew it would happen, just not so soon. Toni moves quickly and quietly. I pulled a large amphorae shoulder fragment out of the tub this afternoon. My eyes were immediately drawn to an “alpha” epigraph… Continue reading

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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… Continue reading

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