I’m currently on week 3 of 7. We have 2 trenches that have been dug in a villa at one end of Pompeii, off the road that leads to Herculaneum. I think at the moment I’m held together with band aids, dirt, sunscreen, bug spray, and sweat. It’s been a crazy adventure so far…

It’s been a very emotionally interesting experience retrieving the past from the earth. While all of the bones and teeth have been deemed feasting remnants, it’s still quite unnerving coming upon rib and femur at the end of my trowel. In my section of the trench, under the bones and pottery, I’ve come upon a huge deposit of lapilli, which is basically pumice from the Vesuvius eruption. Pulling out bucket after bucket, I am reminded…