Sunday, June 29, 2014

Goodbyes, Farewells, Auf Wiedersehens, 'I do's (and the Torre too).

Members of the dig have begun to depart for home, Siena, further travels, and destinations unknown.
The German contingent (Maxi, Louisa, Christian, and Klaus), who handled the geophysics and site mapping, caught trains, no planes, and one VW van back to Tübingen.
Sophie (Penn) and Luca (Bryn Mawr) both headed back a few days early to the US to participate in weddings.
Ann (FSU) headed for Siena today to continue excavating at another site.
Emily and Rachel (Bryn Mawr) both have plans for another week of travel in Italy.

Which leaves the Torre (hitherto unmentioned) feeling a bit empty.  The Torre is a Spanish fort situated at the mouth of the Albegna inlet - the Bocca dell'Albegna.

Bocca dell'Albegna
 The region of Tuscany where we've been digging is known as the Maremma - famous for its beaches, picturesque seaside towns, cinghiale, and deadly malaria, the most famous victim of which was Caravaggio.

Looking South across the Lagoon of Orbetello to Cosa (just left of center). Monte Argentario is on the right.
Luckily the malaria is no longer a problem, and the beaches and rivers of the Maremma are now home to camp sites, marinas, beach-bars, and nature preserves.


The Torre, where the Cosa Excavations dig is housed, is situated prominently alongside the Bocca dell'Albegna, with commanding views out over the beaches as well as inland.




Formerly a museum of underwater archaeology, it is now maintained as apartments by the Archaeological Superintendency of Tuscany.

Ciao for now from Albinia!

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