DIG DAILY LIFE

 

Daily life in the MVAP Poggio Colla Field School is a combination of beautiful countryside, manual labor, intellectual pursuit, and fun.


Sunset over the excavation house as seen from Selve.

 


Around the corner from the excavation house.

 


2009 Poggio Colla Field School Students, Field Supervisors, and Assistant Field Supervisors

 


2009 students at work in Poggio Colla Trench PC 34

 


Jessica Aither, Maia Van Dyke , and Danielle Belanger (foreground) in Trench PC 33

 


Molly Palmison excavates a vessel in PC 34 (butterfly passing by)

 


Maia Van Dyke: not afraid of dirt

 


Trench tours provide students with a broad overview of the site and progress of excavation


Ali Neugebauer using a magnetometer to collect data southeast of the arx of Poggio Colla

 


Cameron Turley and Mike Guarino at Vigna in 2011

 


Relaxing at Vigna in the evening before dinner

 


JoAnn Boscarino's daily drawings of her food at Poggio Colla in 2012

 


JoAnn Boscarino's daily drawings of her food at Poggio Colla in 2011

 


Dinner at the student residence, Vigna: pasta, ribs, sausage, saldads, and dessert

 


Greg Warden leads a reading discussion with SMU students

 


Senior Staff Fiammetta Calosi and JoAnn Boscarino relax at Vigna

 


Italian flag above the excavation house after Italy won the 2006 World Cup

 


Ivo van der Graaff and Caitlin Vacanti celebrate Italy's World Cup
victory. Photo by Lauren Jackson.

 


Students' field shoes outside Vigna

 


Students and staff relaxing at the excavation house after a day in the field

 


Beppina and Bruno Parigi (caretakers of the excavation house) and their grandchildren

 


Music enlivens work on the site

 

 


Jess Galloway, Sanda Heinz, Andrew McClellan, Brad Schneider, and
Katy Blanchard foraging for wild blackberries in the Podere Funghi

 


Mid-morning cookie break on Poggio Colla

 


All-you-can-eat picnic lunch for students and staff on Poggio Colla

 


2005: Jess Galloway and Jess Dussling.

 


Ivo van der Graaff, Nicole Berastequi, Aaron Bartels, Laura Crowley,
Virginia Lewis, and Andrew McClellan dancing at the 2004 circolo festa.

 


Friendships and fashion statements link staff and students. Above left to right:
Karen Stamm, Joshua Moran, Michael Joyce, Cat Hinds, and Jenny Muslin
Below left to right: Kate Topper, Amy Hedgecock, Melinda Swendrak, and Ashley Bennett

 


Hand gesture comparison: Bepe vs. Michael.

 


Charles Sauvin, Adrian Ossi, and Rachel Julis remove tarps from
trenches early one morning on Poggio Colla in 2003.

 


View of Trench PC 25 from the shade where we hang our backpacks.



Left: Sifting for small finds. Right: Excavation in Trenches PC 22 and 23 on Poggio Colla

 


Michael Joyce, Andy Bozanic, and Robert Belanger in PF 10 in 2002

 


Surveying finds on Poggio Colla

 


View to the southwest from inside Trench PF 6

 


The ever-serious architect, Jess Galloway

 


Michael Thomas coerced by Ashley Bennett and
Amy Hedgecock into wearing a leaf headdress

 


View of Poggio Colla from the lunch area


Naptime after lunch revitalizes the field crew for the afternoon shift

 


Senior staff and grad students make final photos
and drawings of Poggio Colla trenches in 2007

 


View of Vespignano and the self-healing wipers of the "Texas Van"

 


Fields of sunflowers surround the excavation houses some years

 


Kathy Windrow shooting digital video for the web site

Hard work in the field is followed by relaxing evenings at the excavation houses Vigna and Guardia. Eating is serious business. Our house mom prepares breakfast and lunch, while our fabulous Italian cooks Wilma, Beppina, and Bruno prepare dinner served family style.


Jess Galloway, Gigi Lambert, and Greg Warden at Vigna



Bruno and Beppina Parigi prepare another fabulous meal



Above and below: students and staff relaxing in the evening at Vigna

 


Students and staff eating dinner at Guardia in 2007

 


Pals Alayne Friedel, Michael Thomas, and Laura Proud in 1999

 


Greg Warden, Jess Galloway, and Cris Worley

 

For QuickTime VR showing students digging on the site, see QuickTime VR.