Pompeii 2018: Week 2
June 6, 2018

Figure 1: E side of the temple podium: fill of the foundation trench (SU 2602). Note the cavity full of lapilli (photo: VPP).
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Our latest report includes highlights from the second week (May 28-June 1) of the Venus Pompeiana Project.

In the W sector of the dig we excavated what we had taken to be an intact stretch of the construction fill from the foundation trench of the trachyte temple podium. This stratigraphic unit seemed to consisted of debris resulting from the in-situ finishing of the blocks (figure 1). A cavity full of lapilli can be associated with the shuttering (formworks) of the concrete substructures, which also retained the baulk of the foundation trench. The lapilli were probably redeposited from above after the post itself had decomposed.

AIA Tours: Cruising the Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords
June 5, 2018 | by

Jarlshof at the southern tip of the Shetland Islands. © Lauren Cummings
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There are many highlights on a tour such as Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords, including UNESCO designated sites in Norway, such as the Bryggens waterfront and also the Fjordland. A personal favourite has to be the colourful and vibrant waterfront of the Bryggen area, developed by the Hanseatic merchants from North Germany and whose closed community focussed on the monopoly they held of the fish trade.

There are many highlights on a tour such as Scottish Isles & Norwegian Fjords, including UNESCO designated sites in Norway, such as the Bryggens waterfront and also the Fjordland. A personal favourite has to be the colourful and vibrant waterfront of the Bryggen area, developed by the Hanseatic merchants from North Germany and whose closed community focussed on the monopoly they held of the fish trade.

Achill Island 2018: Week 3
June 4, 2018

At the Napoleonic tower during orientation
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The first week this season with a big group of students, the team began work at the site of AAFS’ first excavation at Keem Bay.

This week our first big group of students arrived and we began work at the site of our first excavation at Keem Bay. After orientation on Monday and Tuesday, we started de-sodding on Wednesday. 2018 is our fifth and last season of excavation at the pre-Famine village of Keem. This year we’re targeting what we suspect may be the oldest part of the village, perhaps representing an early seasonal grazing settlement that expanded into a more permanent village during the late 18th century. De-sodding the site was hard work due to the thick heather and fern roots covering the site.

Pompeii 2018: Week 1
June 1, 2018

Figure 1: View of the E court of the Sanctuary of Venus (from S) showing the state of Trenches IIS and IIN during excavations in 2006 (photo: Marcello Mogetta; Pompeii Archaeological Park archive).
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The 2018 season of the Venus Pompeiana Project started off with a fun and rewarding first week.

Week 1 of the Venus Pompeiana Project (May 21-May 25) has been fun and rewarding. We got to meet the group of 17 students and volunteers from several Canadian universities who are joining the team in 2018. From day one, their energy and enthusiasm for work has been key to a successful first phase of activities both on site and in the lab.

Achill Island 2018: Week 2
June 1, 2018

Students from UNCW at Keem
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Preparing for our first excavation of the season at Keem Bay, we also finished survey work at Caraun Point.

This week was a week of preparation for our first excavation of the season at Keem Bay and we also finished up our survey work at Caraun Point. We are very excited about the excavation at Caraun Point which will start later in the summer. As part of our pre-excavation work we surveyed the site last week and made photogrammetry models of two of the houses exposed by erosion of the site. After some trial and error, we have now successfully imaged two of the buildings currently visible in the landscape. The buildings are dry-stone structures with distinctive rounded corners.

AIA Tours: Letter from Iran
May 18, 2018 | by

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The Dolat Abad Garden, Yazd. © Andrew Moore

A few weeks ago my wife Barbara and I led an AIA tour of Iran. Our itinerary took us across a large sweep of this fascinating land from the mountains in the northwest to the deserts of the southeast. The tour was carefully designed to include major archaeological sites and glorious examples of Islamic architecture. In Tehran we visited archaeological museums and palaces. At Bisotun in the Zagros Mountains on the Royal Road from Hamadan to Babylon we marveled at the rock reliefs and multilingual inscriptions created by Darius I and his successors.

Achill Island 2018: Week 1
May 16, 2018

Setting out the grid at Caraun Point
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This week was dedicated to surveying at Caraun Point, the site of a multi-period archaeological complex on the tip of a sand-covered peninsula.

Surveying at Caraun Point

SPAAA Vol. 4 Now Available
May 16, 2018 | by Author Kevin Mullen

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The fourth volume in the Kress-supported series: Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture was published in January.

The fourth volume in the Kress-supported series: Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture is now available. The book, entitled: Collecting and Collectors. From Antiquity to Modernity, was edited by Alexandra Carpino, Tiziana D'Angelo, Maya Muratov and David Saunders. 

Achill Island 2018: Looking Ahead at Keem Bay
May 4, 2018

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The sixth season of work at the Keem Bay settlement begins at the end of May.

With just over two weeks until we begin work on our first excavation of the summer, things are busy at the Achill Field School. At the end of May we’ll return to Keem Bay, for a sixth season of work. Keem is one of the most beautiful places on Achill with a complex and poignant history stretching back to at least the early medieval period. From 2009 Achill Field School has been investigating the site of a village that stood in the valley from at least the mid-18th century.

AIA Tours: Behind the scenes in France and Spain
May 1, 2018 | by

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Henry de Lumley (right), Ian Tattersall (left), and the Arago 21 skull. Photo by Karen Raab

In late April this year, an AIA group (on the tour Decorated Caves of the Pyrenees & the Rhone Valley) visited some of the most spectacular of the cave sites in northern Spain and southern France that were gloriously decorated, with both animal and geometrical images, by the people who inhabited the region during the last Ice Age between about 40 and 12 thousand years ago.

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