Rome is Home
When I returned from the 2017 summer field season, I was riding high on optimism for my archaeological career but running on fumes for money. Very fortunately, though, the stars aligned and offered me not one but two promotions in about a month’s time, providing me the means to stabilize my finances. Since this is…
An Island Called Cyprus
The last 6 months of my life have been a roller-coaster; my physical, mental, and emotional state have hit some new highs and new lows. Without getting into details, that’s my best excuse for the epic delay in concluding my chronicle of last summer’s field season. I’ll be slowly making some changes to The Starving…
Happens Every Time
What a whirlwind! I’m writing this post after finally making it home to Baltimore from a tiny detour in Rome and, before that, blazing all around the island-nation of Cyprus, where visits and trips included places like the Cyprus American Archaeological Institute (CAARI), and the ancient sites of Kourion and Paphos. These were all after…
The past couple of weeks have been quite busy at Aeclanum. My trench (Saggio 8) received two, bright eyed, bushy tailed new participants who were eager to dive deep into all the mysteries that the archaeology of Aeclanum holds. What are those mysteries? In case you missed my post from the last block, our trench’s…
Charles IV, a couple Alpine border crossings, and a quagmire of red tape.
Well everybody, it’s been a long time coming but the field season is finally here (and after too much delay, the first blog post of the season as well!). I’m finally in the field…digging. There is a verifiable amount of dirt on my trowel so it’s official! It has (quite literally) been a long road…
My Travel Guide: Being There and Coming Back
Ultimately, you have 5 senses; make it a goal to use all five while you’re away.
My Travel Guide: Getting There
Once you’ve sorted out both the mental preparation and picking a destination, it’s time to start making concrete plans. At this point, budgeting remains a persistent theme. Don’t get discouraged and keep in mind that your adventure can be the ends to a means of saving and working hard! Hopefully, you’ll find these strategies maximize the value…
The Apolline Project is looking for participants!
Hey everyone! The Apolline Project is now accepting applications for participants in a variety of programs designed to teach archaeological skills, including excavation, ceramic analysis, and even Human Osteology! If you read my blog posts from the past season, you’ll know that The Apolline Project is doing some great work at Aeclanum and provides some great…
Apologies for the delayed post. As the title of this post suggests, I’ve been enjoying some (in my opinion) well deserved decompressing time. Nevertheless, I’m still here and I haven’t totally succumbed to the sweet repose of the French Riviera…yet. Last week was my final week at the Apolline Project. It was a bit melancholic to…
At the beginning of last week, we finally concluded digging to the bottom of our rubble context to find a “preparation layer.” While digging in a hole that was getting deeper than I am tall is my idea of a good time, both Ferdinando and the hard-packed surface of concrete stopped us from going any…