Queen's University, Conservator
Bridget Marx, Southern Methodist University, Senior Curator
Megan Emory, Buffalo State University, Conservation Assistant
Janis Mandrus, Queen's University, Conservation Assistant
Vicki Karas, Queen's University, Conservation Assistant
Na'Cole Trujillo, Laboratory Assistant
WELL, WE FINALLY GOT A FEW MALE MEMBERS
IN THE LAB
Monday morning was a bit different for
when Bridget stumbled around the corner and stepped into the
kitchen wiping her eyes, as she is want to do in the morning,
she was rubbing not the dust from that morning's student runs
up the hill, but instead sleep. For you see, for the first time
since the excavation started five weeks ago, all vehicles are
up and running and all drivers present and accounted for. A rarity
at Poggio Colla, but one that we hope will continue through the
end of the season.
So as Bridget stood in the doorway trying
to remember how to make tea and getting used to the 7 AM church
bells outside of the kitchen window, she was also contemplating
her fellow housemates/co-workers and the week that is to come.
Ann Steiner with her student Jennifer Polguy in the magazzino
Krysia has been hard at work this season
overseeing the conservation side of things in the lab here at
Poggio Colla. This is not an easy feat during a typical year,
and when you consider that there is a third conservation student
in the mix, as well as multiple calls from the field for conservators
to block lift objects AND a secondary "lab" at one
of the excavation houses for the pithos reconstruction one becomes
quite impressed with how she maintains her calm demeanor and
presence of mind. But then again it's also probably her power
cereal in the morning that keeps her going all day long.
Spyridowicz cleans a ceramic sherd before bonding it to the vessel
Flanking Krysia at the morning breakfast
table are her two students from Queen's College, Janis and Vicky.
In unison they lift their yogurt spoons to their mouths, eyes
transfixed at the empty wall behind each other, reflecting on
the work ahead. Vicky anxiously awaits the completion of her
large carbon feature that was blocklifted earlier in the season
from PC 23. The consolidation process is almost complete and
hopefully analysis can soon begin by Dr. Greg Warden, so he can
tell her what it's all about! Janis, who has somehow managed
to untangle herself from her giant covering of mosquito netting
covering her bed (we mock her only because we are all jealous
that we did not think to bring any!), looks forward to several
vessels in various stages of completion.
Vicki Karas working on a large ceramic fragment.
Janis Mandrus uses a microscope to clean the surface of a small
Megan, who is known for making large
American style breakfasts on the weekend (much to her roommate's
delight!) sits before a simple bowl of cereal this morning, scowling
at the Italian coffee pot that has somehow screwed her out of
coffee for yet another morning. But her joyous energy will somehow
get her through the day of working on numerous small objects,
all of which recall the mantra of most excavators here at Poggio
Colla: "It's not what we find, but what we find out about."
FYI Megan is finding out about a lot of stuff, even without her
Megan Emory consolidating a small find.
Na'Cole, who squeezes every last minute
of sleep out of the morning, often bounds into the kitchen grabs
a piece of fruit and is ready to face the day, no matter what
odds or ends come her way.
Na'Cole Trujillo cataloguing finds in the magazzino.
Bridget, meanwhile, has somehow managed
to pour hot water over her tea bag, throw in some sugar, slop
in some milk and head out the door for the lab, looking forward
to an early cookie break, aka "breakfast."
Robin Lineback, working
on finds in the lab, displays her polka dot cast.
HIGHTLIGHT of the WEEK: Fans of the conservation
webpage might have been a bit confused by the highlight of the
week two weeks ago: a simple photograph of some pitcher plants.
A bit of an explanation is in need. The garden shop that we cut
through in order to walk to and from the apartment and lab received
a shipment of carnivorous plants and these guys quickly became
a lab favorite due to their "unusual" shape. Apparently
we talked a bit too much about them, for Kathy showed up one
morning with a little gift for us, our very own plant. He stays
in the lab during the day, and we take him home with us in the
evening, and if we get the courage, we will eventually even take
him to dinner.
Megan Emory and Bridget
Marx admiring their gift.
Busy week = Short Web
Krysia Spyridowicz and
Janis Mandrus (foreground). Megan Emory and Vicki Karas (background).
The conservators are
working hard, trying to cope with the flood of artifacts coming
in at the end of the season. It looks like we will be spending
the final weekend mostly in the lab.
Vicki Karas andK rysia
Spyridowicz working in the field.
We just had an amazing
field trip to the Bargello Museum in Florence. Our head conservator,
Krysia, was able to arrange a visit to the "field lab"
set up in the Bargello to treat the bronze statue of "David"
created by the Renaissance artist, Verrocchio. The conservators
met with the head restorer for the project and were able to discuss
the treatments in detail with her. Conservation of the statue
will be completed shortly, enabling it to travel to the High
Museum in Atlanta, Georgia where it will be exhibited over the
Robin Lineback cleaning
diagnostic pan tiles in the lab.
With the entire conservation
team in Florence, it was a relatively quite day in the lab with
just Bridget, Na'Cole and Robin processing the season's finds
in preparation for storage during the off season. The silence
was even more deadening because our chipper researcher, Ann Steiner,
completed her work for the season and headed home. As new pieces
of black glaze come in from the fields, we look wistfully at
her desk, wishing to share, but excited we will have something
to show her at the start of next season.
Left: Nikki Trujillo in
the darkroom. Right: Bridget Marx in the magazzino with a bucchero
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
Limes, for those familiar with the conservation web page, you
know this means good G&T's!