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Destinations, Dreams and Dogs - International adventure with a fast-track family (& dogs) of Old World values, adopting the Russian-Italian-American good life on the go…!



Plantation Archaeology

I am in residence this week at an historic plantation with a tremendous archaeology program. The quiet grounds spread before us, over 2,000 acres in the rolling countryside. For the first time since college, I have roommates— two other tremendous ladies when there should be five in our room. We get along so well and…


Monday Mottoes – #144

In search of a remote archaeological site, we understood that there were no paths to follow. Welcome signs and labelling of what-was-what would be forthcoming several years down the line. It was a newer site, one that nobody could quite comprehend on their own. So we went. Past this community, in the midst of heavy…


Why I Am Unnatural… In Archaeology

It’s surprising, it’s shocking, it’s semi-out-of-character, but you know I have become more and more involved in archaeology at home and abroad. I worked in the field decades ago, not as an uber-professional. But with advanced degrees, at first on a lark, later taking it more seriously, it’s now part of my life. And nobody…


Life in the Pits

My life is in the pits.  Archaeological pits, that is.  For now, we are excavating, my oldest son and I.  The weather is much better than expected, so I can’t complain– about 62 degrees and overcast, really lovely for heavy physical labor. Here I am, measuring away, making sure our levels are… level!  Otherwise, you…


Out to the Wild… Sans Scotties

Heading out to the field for a couple of days. Not sure if there will be any internet. I will keep you posted, possibly by smoke signals. Pray that my Scotties survive without me. They may twitch and mumble in their sleep, but they will still be dreaming of me. Everyone should have such loyal…


Bathrooms on a Dig

As the spring dig season shapes up, budding archaeologists face a variety of conditions. If you’re concerned about dirt, snakes, holes, heat or cold, archaeology might not be your thing. Should those concerns include bathroom issues, it’s really not for you. Lightbulb moment: An excavation might not be for me. A bit too late for…


Springtime Archaeological Digs

Putting Russia on hold for the moment while the story continues to reach epic proportions, we turn our sights to… archaeological sites. Many opportunities arise as spring arrives and most likely Petya and I will head to a few for varying lengths of time. Which brings up the issue of what kind of digs are…


My Scholarly Talk on Terrorism

I’ve been asked to give a scholarly talk, a lecture among intelligentsia. I giggle and laugh nervously to myself as I read the e-mail invitation. It’s a rather specialized topic, comparing ancient terrorism and propaganda with modern-day attempts at the same. Really not that unusual at all. This remains the cheapest way to wage war….


The Architect and the Archaeologist Reconnect

My husband, Benedetto, has a friend from long ago. The two of them knew each other as struggling, young professionals in Israel 40 years earlier. Both arrived as recent college graduates and were seated together one day at the long, laminated tables of the one-of-a-kind, Jerusalem Old City eatery popular among travelers of the time:…


Hezekiah Says Hello 2,800 Years Later

Yes, it’s true, Biblical archaeologists are all a-twitter: a bulla or impression from the King of Judah’s seal has been identified. Discovered in situ in Jerusalem in 2009, it’s translation is finally official: it’s Hezekiah’s. Dr. Eilat Mazar of The Hebrew University and director of the excavations at the Ophel Ridge in the City of…