she walks in starlight
"You wonder what I am doing? Well, so do I, in truth. Days seem to dawn, suns to shine, evenings to follow, and then I sleep. What I have done, what I am doing, what I am going to do, puzzle and bewilder me. Have you ever been a leaf and fallen from your tree in autumn and been really puzzled about it? That's the feeling." --T.E. Lawrence

Masculinity was really important to ancient Romans unless you were a woman in which case you probably didn’t give a shit.


Classics, San Francisco State University


Shock after Pompeii relic put up for sale on eBay - The Local



"No homo" cries the team at the dig site. The head archaeologist sinks to his knees, sobbing. He has dedicated his entire career to the pursuit of homo habilis, an important part of the hominid evolutionary line. All his work led up to this archaeological dig site. But now, his whole life has been for nothing. There is no homo….there is only Australopithecus.

I read this to a group of archaeologists and they completely lost their shit

No scrounging for scraps: Research uncovers the diets of the middle and lower class in Pompeii



University of Cincinnati archaeologists are turning up discoveries in the famed Roman city of Pompeii that are wiping out the historic perceptions of how the Romans dined, with the rich enjoying delicacies such as flamingos and the poor scrounging for soup or gruel. Steven Ellis, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of classics, will present these discoveries on Jan. 4, at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and American Philological Association (APA) in Chicago.

UC teams of archaeologists have spent more than a decade at two city blocks within a non-elite district in the Roman city of Pompeii, which was buried under a volcano in 79 AD. The excavations are uncovering the earlier use of buildings that would have dated back to the 6th century. Read more.

if I have to hear about that giraffe bone one more time I s2g

me with our EDM survey station, Pompeii, summer 2013.

I actually really like this photo of myself because I’m in my element, doing what I love, and if you look closely you can see that I’m grinning

People somewhere developed agriculture at some point.


Archaeology, San Francisco State University

Rome accused of fiddling as Pompeii crumbles



(Reuters) - Collapsing walls at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have raised fresh concerns about Italy’s efforts to maintain one of the world’s most treasured sites, preserved for 2,000 years but now crumbling from neglect.

On Monday, site officials said part of a wall had collapsed on one of Pompeii’s major streets after weeks of heavy rains and wind. Plaster had also fallen off the wall of the ornately frescoed House of the Small Fountain.

A series of collapses in Pompeii over the last month led Italian media to dub it a “Black November” for the ancient city, preserved under ash from a volcanic eruption in 79 A.D. and rediscovered in the 18th century, revealing a time capsule of daily life in Roman times. Read more.

“Those were the great days of excavating… anything to which a fancy was taken, from a scarab to an obelisk, was just appropriated, and if there was a difference with a brother excavator, one laid for him with a gun.”
Howard Carter (via tranqvillitas)


Layers of Pompeii (by Emily Felder & Kevin Anderson)

Layers of Pompeii is a documentary film addressing the range of interests and interpretations of both the ancient and modern cities of Pompeii, Italy. The film is concerned less with the eruption of 79AD and more with the contemporary inhabitants of the archaeological site and those living in the adjacent modern city that supports a tourist industry of 10,000 visitors a day. The juxtaposition of ancient and modern, the archaeological and the touristic, questions the role that archaeology can (and should) play in contemporary society. Unearthing the perspectives and desires of modern Pompeiians and placing these alongside those of the archaeologists, creates a dynamic representation of the variety of meanings that Pompeii inspires – as a site for cultural identity, local economy, and archaeological research.

What Does First-century Roman Graffiti Say?



A facelift of the Colosseum in Rome that began last fall has revealed centuries of graffiti. Removing the accumulated grime and calcification, experts discovered layers of inscriptions on the section of a wall seen here—designs in red and faded gray from antiquity, and lettering in black left by visitors in modern times.

Built in the first century, the Colosseum may have held crowds as large as 50,000 people. Its numbered entrances and covered passages were designed to get spectators in and out quickly and to separate the high and mighty from the hoi polloi. 

The wall in this picture flanked a passage that led to an upper tier. There, women, children, and slaves perched in the cheap seats to watch the bloody spectacle of gladiators and wild beasts battling for their lives on the arena floor 60 feet (18 meters) below. Read more.