Interlude pages for my PhD thesis (with sketch drawings!)

Who said PhD theses have to be boring texts with horrible typography? Even if my thesis is far from being ready for discussion, I can’t help some diversion from the actual writing. Today I put together this experiment for an interlude page: imagine you’re skimming through dozens of pages and suddenly your eyes catch something… Continua a leggere Interlude pages for my PhD thesis (with sketch drawings!)

GQB 2015, day 9: wrap up, iterate

Friday 17th July is the last day at work in this short GQB 2015 field campaign. I’m still a bit exhausted from the return trip to Rethymno, but most importantly I’m very satisfied with the exchange of ideas about various topics (Early Byzantine fortifications, water supply systems, pottery, exploitation of natural and agricultural resources) that… Continua a leggere GQB 2015, day 9: wrap up, iterate

GQB 2015, day 8: DynByzCrete, οι πρωτοβυζαντινοί οικισμοί της Κρήτης

On 16th July we’re out of the Mesara to join a study seminar about the Early Byzantine settlements of Crete, organised by the Institute of Mediterranean Studies (FORTH-IMS) in Rethymno as conclusion to the DynByzCrete research project led by Christina Tsigonaki and Apostolos Sarris. I was really happy to meet other colleagues I’ve met before… Continua a leggere GQB 2015, day 8: DynByzCrete, οι πρωτοβυζαντινοί οικισμοί της Κρήτης

GQB 2015, day 7: Gortyna in the 8th century through a ceramic lens

On 16th July we’re headed to Rethymno for a workshop on Byzantine cities in Crete. Our participation was a last minute deal but I thought it would be useful to provide an overview on the entire city of Gortys, not limited to the GQB area, from the point of view of a ceramic specialist. What… Continua a leggere GQB 2015, day 7: Gortyna in the 8th century through a ceramic lens

GQB 2015, day 5: substitute

I’m a substitute for another guy I look pretty tall but my heels are high As I mentioned the other day, our team is in Gortys at the same time with the University of Padua team directed by Jacopo Bonetto. Since there is no ceramic specialist with them this year, they asked me to take… Continua a leggere GQB 2015, day 5: substitute

Archaeology in the Mediterranean: I don’t wanna drown in cold water

This post is the second half of the one I had prepared for this year’s Day of Archaeology (Archaeology in the Mediterranean: do not drown if you can). For an appropriately timed mistake, I only managed to post the first, more relaxed half of the text. Enjoy this rant. Written and unwritten rules dictate what… Continua a leggere Archaeology in the Mediterranean: I don’t wanna drown in cold water

L’Italia in Africa: Pietro Toselli, Amba Alagi e il “solito” piatto in ceramica

Quando due anni fa ho pubblicato su questo blog un racconto iper-dettagliato su alcuni piatti marchiati Società Ceramica Italiana non avrei mai pensato che quel racconto sarebbe diventato di gran lunga la pagina più visitata di questo piccolo blog. Era inaspettato, mi ha messo in contatto con altre persone molto più competenti di me sull’argomento,… Continua a leggere L’Italia in Africa: Pietro Toselli, Amba Alagi e il “solito” piatto in ceramica

Spark plugs and archaeological finds: where do the ethics of fieldwork stop?

Yesterday I posted a picture of a crate with sherds of Roman pottery and a spark plug. That was fun to find and look at, because of course a spark plug is an out-of-place artifact among archaeological finds. Or rather, it is not at all. As Lewis Binford would argue, both Roman pottery and the… Continua a leggere Spark plugs and archaeological finds: where do the ethics of fieldwork stop?