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? 

A saturday in Florence

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while that I don’t write here, despite being at home several months, like all of us!

During the months of lockdown, however, I caught up with several commitments that I had neglected. In fact, I managed to finish all the exams of the first year of the Specialization School and finally I have done a documentation that I have been carrying around like a ballast for a long time.

Currently I am much freer and sometimes I get bored, also because I don’t know what to do!

I started working again, but I also manage to get some free time and I finally started going out again on weekends!

After all we’ve been through I only have the desire to travel and visit our Italian cities to help, albeit in my small way, the tourism of our nation.

Over the past weekends I managed to see two of my dearest friends and together we took the opportunity to tour not only the cities chosen for our meetings, but also some museums.

The first Saturday that I allowed myself an out-of-town trip, the destination was Florence.

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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.

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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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O(perative)S(ystem)-Culture.org a CMS for archaeology

The thesis on the O(perative)S(ystem)-Culture.org project was finally discussed on March 21th 2018 by Tommaso Saccone, my partner in crime, in work and life. 

Fifty years have passed since the first computers and IT tools were adopted in the archaeological field for study and research activities.

In fact, in the 60s of the last century, the Professor Maurizio Tosi with the archaeological mission (ISMEO – ISIAO) in Shahr-i Sokhta (Iran) began to use the first computers for the elaboration of databases for the organization of the archaeological record using the historical formats .db3.

Since then, technology has made great strides, in fact from table .db3 we have moved to complex and articulated Geo Databases that can contain terabytes of heterogeneous data, all geo referenced and in constant relation between them.

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My experience in Ostia Antica

Saturday, March 10th, me and my colleague of the Minerva Association were to visit the archaeological park of Ostia Antica.

While we were making tickets, I decided to buy a small guide called “Ostia Antica: a port for Rome” with annexed reconstructions. The guide initially presents the index and a map, then follows a brief introduction to the various phases of the site, and a brief explanation for each location of the route even if they are not told all the places that will meet during the visit.

According to the literature, the city of Ostia was founded by King Anco Marcio at the end of the VII century BC. However, the most ancient structures brought to light during the archaeological research can be dated back to the beginning of the IV century BC. It is hypothesized that the realization occurred at a time after the conquest of Veio, Etruscan center, completed in 396 BC. The excavations also returned findings and traces of huts related to an earlier phase, probably dated to V century BC.

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My first archaeological excavation … my first love

Hi Guys,

today I want to tell you about my first archaeological excavation, which took place in 2009, the Parish of Santa Reparata (FC-Italy).

This excavation not only made me realize how much I really loved archaeology and excavation, but it made me fall in love with the Middle Ages, the Christianization of countryside and the burials, even though in this excavation I still didn’t know how much really loved these latter XD.

At the beginnings I really felt like a fish out of water, like a child who was on the first day of school. I was already at the first year of University, and so I was settling into a new routine, a new city and new people, I just missed being a digger freshman XD.

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Hello everyone, here I am!

Hi!

I am Cristiana and I am an archaeologist.

I wanted to create a blog that would tell the real life of an archaeologist. Why do I say “real” life? Well because in general the archaeologist is a figure of other times, an adventurer looking for something mysterious, that wanders in dangerous places and far from our everyday life. Think of Indiana Jones, Relic Hunter or Treasure Guardians. No, the real archaeologist doesn’t use either weapons or whips, nor does he have to deal with unpleasant or paranormal situations.

The real archaeologist works in our beautiful cities, supporting large public and private works, such as construction of pipelines, the district heating network, or even highways.

Would you ever have imagined it?!

Precisely for this reason I felt the need to create a space that would explain and really tell what the archaeologist does, just to make public understand how important and beautiful this profession is, but above all, to emphasize that this craft exists and, why despite what you think, it hasn’t yet been discovered all in the world …