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?!?
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
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
Welcome to Cosa, stand back for the running of the archaeologists! #Ineedmorebuckets #rushforthebestbroom #squeakywheelbarrel
Eureka, we've hit a new stratigraphic unit! #soilchange #elevationsneeded #plumbob #Silonbeeps #paperworkrequired
10:30amFinally......... we've made it to our very necessary SNACK TIME #x-trachocolatecookies #isit10:30yet!?!?! #drinkmorewater
"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
Pottery washing has commenced... Our finds: before and after #doNOTdrinkthewater #drybrushingfordays #bucketsonbuckets #prunehands #isthisarock?
What's for lunch? Pizza, sandwich, juice box, fresh fruit picked at the Agritourismo and condiments from our trusty Egg Bag. #prayitsnotsardines #wheresthemustard #freshapricots
Caffeine refill, thanks to Cafe Magazzino! #andreasbusinessplan #espressoooo #totallyworth50cents
Back to pick-axing upper levels, and wheel barrow races #momentumuprockpile #pickandrotate #intenselyhydrate
Transmission of Radio Magazzino on the walkie-talkies lifts spirits and begins our final hour of excavation on site. #Mulan #singalong #RadioMagazzino
4:30pmBuena Sera Cosa... Time to turn in the finds to the Magazzino #Closingtime #thanksChristina #thanksEmily #archaeologyispaperwork
In proper archaeological five-o'clock style... Gin and Tonics! #ginoclock #thewhitegoose #donedigging
Dinner at the Pink Panther, with many many courses of wonderful food! #toomuchpasta #passthewine #bedtimesoon