Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Buon Giorno!

It's week 3 on the project, which means we've hit the middle hump, have survived our introductory pains/blisters, and recovered from the Torrre Plague. For some (semi-older) folks on the project, this also means that we have been away from partners and spouses for a month or even more. Excavation seasons present growing pains that all partners in an archaeologically oriented relationships struggle with, where one half goes off to exciting new places and trots through the Mediterranean, while the other is left at home with normal life realities. Even if this is often acknowledged in wedding vows, accepted after just a few months of dating, or discussed during career planning, it's never easy to say that last good-bye at the airport departure gate. So, what is it that we do when we peace out for a summer abroad and leave our better halves in PA/FL/MA/MI/MN/Turin/UK?!?

Well, it's a whole different world than the usual schedule of grad classes, research, library time, writing, and stress of our academic semester. This is what we live for... and it's an experience that few others than our adopted dig families understand. We get far dirtier than we'd like to admit, drink just a little too much, and fantasize about finding walls, roads, and floor surfaces. 

This summer, being married just under a year (shout-out to my husband, Happy 1st Anniversary, Trevor!) I agreed to tackle social media, which I have avoided with much more success than the Torre Plague, in the hopes of sharing a dig season remotely from a Roman bath house to Philadelphia. Dillon so eloquently provided the Twitter version earlier this season... So, here's a day in the life of Cosa, Instagram style... @vivaterlingua 

7:15am
My back already hurts, I need coffee, and shoot, it's already Ann's 20-10-5 minute warning for site departure. #nutellaforbreakfast #archaeologymakesmefeelold #thankyoumokapot


8:00am
Welcome to Cosa, stand back for the running of the archaeologists! #Ineedmorebuckets #rushforthebestbroom #squeakywheelbarrel


9:00am
Eureka, we've hit a new stratigraphic unit! #soilchange #elevationsneeded #plumbob #Silonbeeps #paperworkrequired


10:30am
Finally......... we've made it to our very necessary SNACK TIME #x-trachocolatecookies #isit10:30yet!?!?! #drinkmorewater


11:30am
"You've been Munselled!" is a much cooler way of saying "I've measured the geologic color of the soil in your trench, and it's Strong Brown" #browndirt #darkbrowndirt #strongbrowndirt 


12:00pm
Pottery washing has commenced... Our finds: before and after #doNOTdrinkthewater #drybrushingfordays #bucketsonbuckets  #prunehands #isthisarock?   

1:00pm
 What's for lunch? Pizza, sandwich, juice box, fresh fruit picked at the Agritourismo and condiments from our trusty Egg Bag. #prayitsnotsardines #wheresthemustard #freshapricots 


1:30pm
Caffeine refill, thanks to Cafe Magazzino! #andreasbusinessplan #espressoooo #totallyworth50cents


2:00pm
Back to pick-axing upper levels, and wheel barrow races #momentumuprockpile #pickandrotate #intenselyhydrate


3:00pm 
Transmission of Radio Magazzino on the walkie-talkies lifts spirits and begins our final hour of excavation on site. #Mulan #singalong #RadioMagazzino


4:30pm
Buena Sera Cosa... Time to turn in the finds to the Magazzino #Closingtime #thanksChristina #thanksEmily #archaeologyispaperwork


5:30pm
In proper archaeological five-o'clock style... Gin and Tonics! #ginoclock #thewhitegoose #donedigging 

7:30pm
Dinner at the Pink Panther, with many many courses of wonderful food! #toomuchpasta #passthewine #bedtimesoon


Ciao,
Ashley

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