Toscana, ti amo

How very easy it is to fall in love with Tuscany—the quiet of flower-lined one-way streets, the generosity of aperitivo afternoons, the nature of smiles on sun-dappled faces. She is a home that always leaves you wanting; an infusion of appreciation as addictive as admiration. … Read moreToscana, ti amo

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Season II at Albagino

  This is the second season of excavating the Etruscan Sacred Lake site at Albagino in a valley of the Apennines, spearheaded once again by esteemed Etruscan specialists, Greg Warden and Phil Perkins. We have a wonderful team of highly passionate individuals who come from … Read moreSeason II at Albagino

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What have we found (out)?

One of the questions I am frequently asked about a new archaeological project is “What are you going to find?” At the risk of being snide, I usually answer that, if I knew what we were going to find, we really would not need to excavate. And in … Read moreWhat have we found (out)?

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First experiences

Ciao! Thanks for stopping by to take a look at what we are up to at the Albagino Sacred Lake Archaeological Project.  My name is Chris Darrin and I would like to share some experiences about my travels, the excavation site, and the town in … Read moreFirst experiences

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Digging deeper

We are now in the third week of excavation, and the trenches are getting deeper. The weekend saw furious thunderstorms; we turned up at the site later on Monday morning, giving the woods a chance to dry out. The trenches, especially Trench 5, resembled swimming … Read moreDigging deeper

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From Firenzuola to Albagino

Firenzuola is a charming town where the sense of local pride is evident and everyone is quite friendly. Outside the town are Naples-yellow hills and lush green mountains, unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the east coast of the United States.   In the morning … Read moreFrom Firenzuola to Albagino

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Learning to Excavate

This is my first excavation and I have never been on a dig site before ASLAP, so I’ll share some of the things I’ve learned while here. Firstly, there is a sort of Murphy’s Law about dig locations. We dug our first 2 meter by … Read moreLearning to Excavate

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MVAP Palaeobotany

  We were fortunate in the first week to have Dr. Lisa Lodwick with us at Albagino. Dr. Lodwick is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College of the University of Oxford. Her “main research interests are in the relationship between agriculture and urbanisation … Read moreMVAP Palaeobotany


    The second week saw the inauguration of five trenches covering the area where the bronzes were found, the path around the lake, and what may have been the lake bed itself (ASLAP Trench 5). This last trench produced deeper stratigraphy. Evidence has emerged … Read moreWEEK 2

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