Posted by: lukelavan | September 3, 2009

Bones Both Human and Turtle

Today we enjoyed a visit from Prof. Tom Wake, a ‘zooarchaeologist’ – or to you and me a ‘bone person’. He had just flown in – as Americans do – on a 24 hour flight from Botswana, where he had been studying hunter-gatherers. Tom was somewhat overwhelmed by the scale of Ostia, with its several square kilometres of Roman ruins. But he soon settled down to sifting through our finds assemblages for bones and shells of all kinds. His star finds were a bit of turtle shell on which a ‘peace sign’ is visible in the natural markings, and also a possible bit of human bone from the inner ear, which came from topsoil above our medieval layer.

Our visiting UCLA professor identified a bone as being possibly human.

Our visiting UCLA professor identified a bone as being possibly human.



Our diggers are again finding the heat difficult, but thankfully the nature of the work is starting to change. There is now a lot of drawing to do, as the whole western portico is finished off. We have also expanded a trench into the ‘road’ area in order to understand the earliest foundations in the area, which predate our forum. Here a great job has been done by Dana Kubilus and Anna Reihle scraping moss out of the mortar and uprooting plants. When the drawing is finished sondages will begin in selected parts of the site. We expect to find at least one phase of decorated plaster in the portico and perhaps some marble decoration, as some areas are producing green marble fragments.

A group shot including Tom Wake, the Heroic Statue, and some very strange italian soda called 'Chinotto'.

A group shot including Tom Wake, the Heroic Statue, and some very strange italian soda called 'Chinotto'.


Luke Lavan 03/09/2009

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  1. Hello to everyone :O)

    My name is Ida Pavlakovic, live in Croatia and have Master Degree in Archaeology / History of Art.
    I adore archaeology since my childhood, spent a
    lot of time on excavations including Roman sites and recently am jobless due to economy crisis…

    … seeing your photos and a lot of smiling faces – a thought came to me – and would not want you to feel any obligation towards answering my e mail –

    is there any chance I could participate in future excavations or at least could you recomend me to whom I might refer to regarding any future or present excavations taking place in Europe or around the globe for that matter ?:O)

    Thank You in advance for your understanding
    and wish you many many happy and full of joy days filled with a lot of new discoveries >:O)

    Ida


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