Walking to obscure temples

This weekend I mostly did nothing, I know my non-Scavi friends would think this is a waste of time, but I do a lot during the week and sometimes I really just need to rest. Although this weekend I spent a little time looking for some archaeology sites. With Nora, Ann, and Leah, I took to the bus north to Fonteblanda a frazione 15 minutes north of Albinia. There is a hill there that was occupied by the Eturscans during the Hellenistic period and the only thing left of their occupation is a temple that looks over the sea and the Argentario. During the 19th century a famous set of pediments were found there that Nora wrote about in one aspect of her Master’s thesis. You cans see them here: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Talamone_pediment.

It is not really a well signed location so we were walking for almost 2 hours looking for the foundation. We walked all over Fonteblanda trying to find it, which we did. Although the foundations were less than impressive the view from the top was amazing. After we found it we headed back to Orbetello for food and shopping. Sunday was a day in during which I cooked risotto and scanned catalog cards in a process to help digitize the site archives.

Monday we were back at work despite the over cast skies and threatening storms, during this time I worked with Jay in the Mithraeum again and guess what! We found the ritual basin/well. It is really small but it is there and that helps confirm that the space we were working in was a Mithraeum. Jay is very happy for this. The rest of the time, I was helping Darby and Andrea in the bucket room and the cistern. It seems for the next few days I’ll be working underground but I’ll update everyone about that later.

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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