GQB 2015, day 6: the 7th day milestone

14th July was again crucial for the Greek crisis, notwithstanding any historical recurrence of revolutionary events where the powerful elite was overthrown without mercy. Here in Gortys, the good news is that the pump engine was repaired, boosting our morale, but the day was a mixed bag and my attention was split among tasks like… Continua a leggere GQB 2015, day 6: the 7th day milestone

GQB 2015, day 4: the people must have something good to read

The people must have something good to read on a Sunday With only ten days of fieldwork, weekends are a social convention that is left for another time, and the alarm is only marginally generous at 8 o’clock. As anticipated two days ago, my main task here is to finalise the study of ceramic contexts… Continua a leggere GQB 2015, day 4: the people must have something good to read

GQB 2015, day 2: publication, publication, publication

10th July and our work here is underway. This year we’re working in three main directions: publication, publication, publication. At the current stage of the GQB research project there is little else we need to do, really. The first publication we’re concerned with is a book about the water supply system of Gortys, that should… Continua a leggere GQB 2015, day 2: publication, publication, publication

GQB 2015: day 0

This year, thanks to the combined availability of my employer (the Soprintendenza Archeologia della Liguria), the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens and the University of Siena I was able to take part again in the short field season at the Byzantine Quarter in Gortys (GQB). I promised my colleagues a daily report. Fasten your… Continua a leggere GQB 2015: day 0

Eleutherna: first week of excavation on the Acropolis

On the 23rd August Elisa and myself came back to Crete for another week of archeological excavation, this time in Eleutherna with the University of Crete. Dr Christina Tsigonaki came to visit our excavation in Gortyna last month and she was very kind to invite us in Eleutherna. The excavations here are one of the… Continua a leggere Eleutherna: first week of excavation on the Acropolis

A look at pollen data in the Old World

Since the 19th century, the study of archaeobotanical remains has been very important for combining “strictly archaeological” knowledge with environmental data. Pollen data enable assessing the introduction of certain domesticated species of plants, or the presence of other species that grow typically where humans dwell. Not all pollen data come from archaeological fieldwork, but the… Continua a leggere A look at pollen data in the Old World

Developing a vocal language. Standing three miles apart.

Tonight I was walking along a country road near my house, almost in the dark. Despite the highway that runs at less than 500 meters from there, there was an unusual moment of silence (probably everyone else in Italy was staring at the TV), and I suddenly realized that with that silence it would be… Continua a leggere Developing a vocal language. Standing three miles apart.