Posted by: lukelavan | April 24, 2009

Planning for 2009

Although it is still April, planning for Ostia 2009 is well under way.

At the end of last season, the Superintendent of Ostia, Prof. Angelo Pelegrino, was pleased with the work of the Kent-Berlin team, and invited us to return in 2009, with a larger team, to continue the work, focusing again on the Foro della Statua Eroica and also on the palaestra behind the plaza, and a small area nearby.

In 2008 sickness and cancellations meant that our team of 15 was reduced to under ten effective workers, which had severely hampered our efforts. We called on local volunteers to fill the gaps, and with their efforts the season was successfully concluded.

But for 2009 we have a new source of support in a delegation of 10 students from UCLA, who will help us out in excavation, survey and finds processsing.

We hope that, together with our veterans of 2008, a full working staff will be assured for the whole excavation, and that we will be able to produce results as impressive as last year.

I look forward to posting more updates as the preparation progresses.

Best wishes
Luke Lavan 24/04/2009

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