Well it is raining again here in Vescovado and that is hamstringing our dig.  Today we stopped at 11 and had to go down off the hill since it was too wet to dig.  It is an unfortunate fact of life (one that I learned early on as my mom will attest to) that when dirt and water meet it becomes muddy, and while as a kid this is great, for an excavation this is a huge pain in the ass.  So after coming of the hill, I finished all the documentation that I put off with the impending rain and then counted my pottery.  I know exciting stuff, but this is what I am here to do: write stuff down and count stuff up.

My hope is that the trenches will be dry enough tomorrow.  Right now it sounds like the rain is stopping, but just in case Mike and I drove into Monteroni to get gas for the Moto Pumpo (a water pump) to use to drain out the trenches tomorrow.  But here is hoping that we don’t need to worry about it.

I will update you all on what has happened in my trench come Sunday when I actually know what has happened.  Ciao Ciao


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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