How was the month of March?

Like any start of a new month is here to take stock of the previous month in March and I would say that from the point of view of work has been quite profitable!

March started with the awareness that the excavation where I had been working for five months would be finished, but unexpectedly another company that needed a new collaborator took over, so I stayed there for another two weeks!

I was very happy with this collaboration, as I had been trying to work with this company for years, but despite having sent my resume several times they never called me back! So I was pretty thrilled to have added this contact to my partnership list!

My collaboration with them could have continued but in the meantime I received a call from another company with which I had wanted to collaborate for some time! Well yes another new contact! Being a bit tired of the distance (an hour and a half by car just to go) and having reached the end of my contract anyway, I decided to accept the new job.

Although the new excavation is far away, it can be reached by train and therefore less tiring from this point of view, even if my alarm clock remained set at 5.30 a.m.

Furthermore, being a new excavation, I took over at the very beginning of the excavation extension, and it is always exciting to see an excavation from the beginning and we hope to be able to see it until the end!

Why do I have this doubt ?!

Well for my “beloved” postgraduate diploma hanging over my head.

Although I must say that there has been good news in this regard, that is, an extraordinary session has been approved for July due to Covid! But anyway the fact is that they are late on the roadmap of the thesis and various internships!

For once I would like some rain to give me some time to devote to theses and internships, but once upon a time things fit together in the right way! Somehow I will do!

Finally, a great satisfaction in March was my first live on @ twitch.italy with the guys from @letsdigagain, in which we talked about my blog dedicated to my professional life as a freelance archaeologist!

It was very satisfying and exciting also because I don’t feel comfortable speaking in stories yet, so this experience was a great opportunity!

I hope your March was as productive as mine! I await your comments below with your news!

Is it already March?

Well, yes, it is. 

This month I went back to work on the contruction site I had left in mid- Jauary, because there was the possibility to better study some areas, then fortunately I didn’t stay in inactivity, even because my time was filled  by my internships.

Meanwhile, in February, I have concluded a course, promoted by Ecipar Bologna, that deals with the digital world, thanks to which I was able to approach various issues, expanding my knowledge, still very basilar, about this world, so charming e always in evolution.

During this very short February, my region, Emilia-Romagna, has been yellow for only two weeks, so I could go out with my colleagues for lunch (yes, archaeologists love to be in a pack!).

I didn’t have other opportunities to go out. During the week I have been for eight hours on the construction and I didn’t sleep in my house, but in the company’s one with my colleagues, so between the mountains in Reggio Emilia we didn’t have nothing to do, specially because the bar had to close at 18 o’clock, then I could only do my internship. 

For this internship we have skypecalls where I and my colleagues talk about the problems that we met during the weeks of work with our reference officials. 

Now the construction where I’m working is about to close, tuesday will be the last day, and I was already organized to proceed with some internships and with the thesis, but… now we are in a dark orange area, and so I have to understand what to do in University, I just hope to don’t waste time neither with my job nor with my curricular activities. 

E per voi come è stato il mese di febbraio? È stato un mese produttivo o avete avuto qualche difficoltà?

  At this point, after one year of pandemic, the situation is hitting me, I was positive but after all these changes my phase of discouragement begins.

This month, from an emotional point of view, wasn’t totally positive like January was, when I felt more charged and positive, February was full of good moments and bad ones, despite having been a busy and tiring month from the point of working view, where I digged a lot, obviously after documenting all the existing layers. 

And you? What do you think about this February? Was it a productive month or did you have any difficulties? 

My birthday week in Crete

On September 22th 2018 Tommaso and I flew to Crete, with the Aegean Airlines company, for the week of my birthday accompanied by our precious Lonely Planet guide.

We have chosen a seaside town where we can stay, called Analipsi, east of Heraklion, and we have booked through Booking at Galazio apartments & suites. These consists of a series of very pretty small apartments arranged in front of equipped beach awarded with the “Blue Flag”.
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My last eight months on pipeline in Lodi

Well yes,

After eight months on the pipeline in Lodi I have finished, because I was finally able to find a site closer to Ravenna that allows me to return home every day … this thing, that for other people it may seem trivial, for me it is something awesome!

I can finally sleep in my bed, with my cat, stay in the bathroom as long as I want and eat when I feel like it.

Don’t get me wrong this experience has led me to meet mediocre people but also beautiful people with whom I will certainly maintain a genuine relationship, but having my own space is also a beautiful thing.

I started working on this pipeline in April, after five months off, I was initially very enthusiastic, even though it was nearly 300 kilometres from my current home.

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My trip in Netherlands, last day

We spent the last day in Netherlands visiting Utrecht, to which we haven’t given the right importance.

Utrecht was founded by the Romans in 47 AD to protect an important position for the crossing of the river Rhine.

This city was the first in the Netherlands to embrace the Catholic faith, and in the Middle Ages it became an important religious center, extending its control over most of the Netherlands until 1527.

The city center preserves many medieval churches and monasteries, which are now next to modern architectural complexes.

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My trip in Netherlands, second day

The next day of our trip, we decided to go back to Amsterdam. First we went to the tourist information point, which is located opposite the central station, to get information on how to reach the characteristic areas with windmills. A very kind gentleman suggests us as a destination Zaanse Schans, a tourist town that is located in the north of Amsterdam. So, following his instructions we took a train that in 20 minutes brought us to this lovely town, where you can breathe the true essence of the Dutch soul.

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My trip in Netherlands, first day

Hi everyone,

in this post I would like to tell you about my experience in Netherlands, happened during the month may.

I flew to Amsterdam with my boyfriend on Thursday 24th may, and we are back on Sunday 27th may. Unfortunately, it was just a hit and run but it was just worth it.

We have left from Bologna airport at 10.15 a.m. on Thursday 24th, to land at 12.15 p.m. at Eindhoven airport.

From here we took the bus to reach Utrecht, city that we have chosen to stay during this long weekend. At the beginning, we would have liked to stay in Amsterdam, but you know how are the finances of archaeologists. So we opted for this city and it was a great choice! Our decision has fallen on Luxury Apartments, apartments located in a residential context. We have chosen to stay in apartment to be more independent and not have any kind of connection with breakfast, lunch or dinner at the hotel.

From the apartment the Utrecht Central Station is 10-minute walk away, and from there the trains leave for Amsterdam every 10 minutes, which is half an hour away by train.

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My first scientific article

Hi guys!

As you have already seen from Instagram stories and images posted on my profile, I am working on pipelines between Pavia and Lodi in Italy at the moment.

But today I would like to tell you about my University career and my first scientific article.
I am graduated in “Research, documentation and preservation of the archaeological heritage” at the University of Bologna, with a Master thesis entitled “Morphological and morphometric analysis of Torrener Bärenhöhle’s Paleolithic human tooth (Salzburg)” with Dr. Stefano Benazzi, getting the highest grade (110 cum laude).
At the beginning of my career I have focused my attention on the archaeological field. In fact I have dug in many places, most of them were Medieval sites, but I have dug too in a protohistoric site, the necropolis of Sinaw in the Sultanate of Oman.
After my return from Oman I have started my internship at the Anthropological Laboratory and in this period I have learned the basic skills for the study of human remains.
Later I have started the project of my Master thesis about morphological description and morphometric analyses of Torrener Bärenhöhle’s human tooth. During this period, I acquired solid knowledge of paleoanthropology and virtual anthropology as various digital techniques to analyse human remains. For the project of my thesis I have been in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, thanks to a scholarship I won, to segment fossils comparison sample.
After my graduation I have started to write the article about the thesis that was published on the Journal of Human Evolution in 2016.
The tooth was found in a cave near Salzburg called Torrener Bärenhöhle, located by an alpine guide in 1924. In the cave were found mainly animal bones belonging to Ursus spaleus, hence the name of the cave, in fact Bärenhöhle means cave bear. Most of this bones were manipulated by humans, for this reason this place was interpreted as a place for bear hunting.
The first publication of the tooth was in 1971, when the tooth was classified as Homo sapiens, but in 1991 Mr. Urbanek attributed it to Homo neanderthalensis for the material culture of the cave. The need to classify this tooth stems from these controversies.
In this contribution, I investigated the tooth from Torrener Bärenhöhle’s cave. This tooth was micro-CT scanned to digitally study its external and internal morphology, and sampled for AMS radiocarbon dating to establish its taxonomy and chronology.

For more read my article on this link and my poster.