Everyone was a little groggy at 6.45 am on leaving AUR and Rome in the rain. 75 minutes later the sun was out and the team was in rural Umbria. To be precise, this was the first day of a 1-credit weekend archaeological class to make sense of two archaeological sites at Giove.
From the months of September to November I interned in the physical anthropology laboratory in the Pigorini Museum. I got to work with Neolithic skeletal remains that were excavated in Northern Italy and sent down to the museum to be cleaned and analyzed.
AUR Adjunct Professor Marco Conti was interviewed as an expert in early Christian history for the Smithsonian Channel series “Sacred Sites” and is expected to appear in the episode on the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
The jury highly commended “the European cooperation between the Italian conservation experts and the Greek Orthodox Monastery which was undertaken in close consultation with the Egyptian authorities and has resulted in high-quality conservation work on an element of such an outstanding World Heritage Site as the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai. The documentation and quality of the work are exceptional”.
Problem-solving and improvisation were put to the test as students tried to use household materials (apart from Duck Tape) to create working models of their favorite Roman inventions for their final projects in Roman Technology, part of AUR’s Archaeology and Classics program.
On April 14, AUR's toughest students (8 females and 1 male) followed Professor Jens Koehler on a study and research trip to Lake Nemi, a volcanic crater lake in the Alban hills just 20 miles south-east of Rome.