Day One of not digging

Well today we did not start work, glad to see Italy is the same as I left it. There is a communication issue between the superintendent’s office and the vegetation clearing specialists. So our site is not cleared and may not be done till Monday (we shall see). But that is okay because Cam and I had issues with our morning commute. This morning we jumped a fence, waited for the bus (which isn’t weird), but took 15 minutes in traffic to get to the bus stop that should only be a 5 minute drive, so we were a little late getting to work today. Tomorrow we are not meeting till 10, so there will be no issues getting there on time.

Instead of work we went into Rome today. We saw the Palatine, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Imperial Fora, The Column of Marcus Aurelius, the Pantheon, the Largo Argentina, walked through the Forum Boarium and saw the Circus Maximus. I will let my pictures do the talking for this part, but I am super happy that I did this with Classics Graduate students we went everywhere and debated minor points about the different sites.

And you will all be happy to know that even through my living arrangements might look nice they are still just as dysfunctional as the living arrangements in Vescovado. This is no water pressure, no hot water at all this time and bugs everywhere, although these are mosquitoes and not flies. Hopefully we will have some lab work to do tomorrow.


About handyatmurlo

I am a Latin teacher at Regis Jesuit High School. I earned my MA at CU Boulder and my BA at UMass Amherst. I have spent my summers working in Italy as an archaeologist at three different sites. One I have worked at for 10 years at Poggio Civitate at Vescovado di Murlo. I have worked at the Villa of Maxentius in Rome for 2 years, before the project ended. I also spent 2 summers at the FSU excavations in Cosa.
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