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Fieldwork: Pompeii Food and Drink Project

The excavation site (called the scavi) is adjacent to the modern town of Pompei in southern Italy, about 25 km. from Naples, and 3 hours by train from Rome.

Team Members are divided into three groups: those who measure, those who draw, and those who photograph. Photography includes video, plus color and black/white. All team members aid in entering information into the computer database. No prior experience is needed; staff members will provide instruction.

Specifically, Team Members help with these tasks:

  • Measurement of designated features and of distances within structures with the use of surveying tape and range poles.
  • Mapping and drawing of features.
  • Photography using Polaroid, video and digital cameras, black and white, and color film.
  • Maintaining daily log sheets for all these tasks, and entering the data into a computer database. Eventually, this database will be available on the Internet and in printed form.

Join us in 2014, our thirteenth year of on-site research, for one week, two weeks, or three weeks. Note that all team members may sign up for one, two, or three weeks; however, no one may sign up for only Week Two. Returning team members are given a $100 per week discount. Bring your curiosity, and a desire to contribute to significant scientific field research.

Domestic Dining Room, House of L. Cissoncus Selondus

Domestic Dining Room
House of Calpurnius Diogenes

 

Fieldwork sketch showing measurements

Drawing, showing measurements

Morning Reasearch at the Scavi: 8:30 am - 1 pm

Team members will be assigned to one of the following teams. Assignments will rotate so that team members have a chance to participate in all activities.

Team 1: Reconnaissance Team

The Reconnaissance team, directed by the Principal Researchers and the Field Manager, locate and identify the structures to be studied each day.

Drawing TeamThe Principal Researchers identify features, spaces, and rooms in the structure associated with food and drink and dictate to team members a description of each of these. Each room or space and its features related to food and drink will then be measured, photographed, and entered into our database.

Team 2: Measuring/Drawing Team

The staff prepare scale drawings and plans of rooms and features identified by Team 1. Team members use surveying tapes and range poles.

Team 2Measuring distances within the structure and the dimensions of the features within it will help to reveal spatial relationships and patterns of usage to permit a better understanding of daily life in the city.

Team 3: Photography Team

Designated features and rooms and photographed with attention paid to the best angle, placement of the scale measure, and documentation in a log including details such as date, time, light, type of film, type of camera, etc. Multple cameras shoot the same feature, room, or space; digital and 35mm film cameras using black/white and color film are used.

photography team

Afternoon Research: 2 pm - 4:30 pm

Following lunch in the scavi, team members may be assigned one of the following tasks. Team Members may not be given an assignment and are then free to explore the surrounding sites.

Remediation Fieldwork

Team members will check whether areas of future research or areas due for re-examination are unlocked and available.

Photo Resizing & Archive Preparation

Digital photos are resized in preparation for inclusion in the database. Images are labeled and ordered and archived in the database.

Database Entry

All data recorded on the information sheets about each feature must be entered into the database. Paper records and drawings must be scanned and linked to database topics, and photos must be downloaded from cameras and linked to the database. Team Members are given procedures for accomplishing these tasks.

Graphical Summary of Our Activities, 2001 - 2012

results table

Remediation is repeated documentation of a structure previously studied. A structure may need to be revisited due to improvements in technology or observational skills, more knowledge, or changes to the database.

results chart
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