Digging into RomeRome, Spring 2009

Author: Alexandra Beren
Placement: Scavo Archeologico Piazza Augusto Imperatore (Archeological dig at the piazza of Emperor Augustus)
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Before coming to IES Rome, the idea of getting real work experience in Italian society intrigued me, but I knew that I would never find an opportunity that related to my specific interests, namely classical history and archaeology. I couldn't have been more wrong. Upon arriving, I learned of a new and unique opportunity to work hands-on at a real archaeological dig. I soon found myself not only cleaning and identifying 2000-year-old pottery shards, but also unearthing monuments, buildings and graves at the Mausoleum of Augustus, the tomb of Rome’s first emperor. I wasn’t just an intern who could hardly speak Italian, but a trusted part of the team. Besides just the joy of discovering history, I also learned invaluable information about what it really means to be an archaeologist, how to organize a dig and how to interpret artifacts. Having this opportunity, which usually is reserved only for graduate students, has had a huge impact on my life goals and future plans. I have gained experience, knowledge, confidence, and of course, good references. It was definitely one of the coolest things I did during my year abroad in Italy.

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  1. Unusually gripping bits, thanks looking for the work.

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