Manicure Set from Myra-Andriake (Turkey)

The only version in English that I can find of this (in multiple newspapers) has the story tied to that Swedish phallic thing that was in the news for most folks last week. Here’s what’s important for us:

Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Roman personal care set at Myra-Andriake in Antalya’s district of Demre, Turkey.

Professor Nevzat Cevi, an academic from Akdeniz University’s Archeology Department and colleagues excavated an 1800-year-old pair of bronze tweezers and a manicure rasp at Andriake Port.

“Now, we are aware that the Lycian women of the Roman period 1,800 years ago were living well-groomed by using a pair of tweezers, rasp and mirror,” The Hurriyet Daily News quoted Cevi as saying. […]

This appears to be the original article; no photo, alas (manicure set or medical kit?) … not sure what was left out of the above:

Conserving Your Summer

One of the potential ‘career areas’ I don’t think we stress enough in the Classics world is conservation, so here’s a piece from UD Daily wherein a student describes her experiences:

This summer I am working in the conservation lab at the archaeological site of Poggio Colla in the Mugello Valley of Tuscany, Italy. Poggio Colla has been annually excavated for the past 17 seasons by Southern Methodist University, Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

The site is an active field school where students learn the techniques of archaeological excavation. Additionally, conservation activities, illustration, zooarchaeology, cataloguing and research are carried out at two lab facilities.

Poggio Colla is an Etruscan settlement site with habitation dating from the 7th century to the 2nd century BCE. It is also believed that the site may have functioned as a sanctuary for ritual purposes during the later period.

As an intern in the conservation lab, I work with one other graduate intern, Nicole Ledoux, from the UCLA/Getty Conservation Program, and supervising conservators Ariel O’Connor and Allison Lewis. In the lab, we examine and document the finds before cleaning and stabilizing them so that they can be safely handled and studied by archaeologists and students. We have also been working on rehousing some of the important bronze finds from past seasons.

This season, five new trenches have been opened and the finds so far are predominantly ceramics, bronze, iron and bone. I am working on cleaning and excavating the interior of a large impasto holmos, a large ceramic base for a vessel. After cleaning is completed, I will be stabilizing cracks and joining fragments to reconstruct the remaining portions.

Since the site is an active field school, we have given tours of the lab to current students and taught them about the field of conservation and the differences between archaeological site work and museum work. We gave a conservation workshop on methods of ceramic reconstruction where they learned to reassemble broken ceramics using facsimile terracotta pots and conservation adhesives.

It has been a wonderful experience to work hands-on with such a variety of archaeological materials and to collaborate with specialists from many fields. I have enjoyed sharing our work in the conservation lab with other students and staff. Additionally, working in Italy has given me the opportunity to travel to museums and archaeological sites to compare conservation methods with those I have been studying at the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation.

Mosaics at Chedworth Roman Villa

From the BBC:

More Roman mosaics have been uncovered at Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire.

The mosaics have been hidden for centuries but have now been unearthed by archaeologists.

They will now be permanently displayed as part of a £3million project to develop the ancient site.

The work is all part of a project to improve the protection for the fragile Roman remains and to improve visitor facilities.

“Our archaeologists have known these mosaics existed on site since they were first seen during the Victorian excavations but later re-buried,” said Pippa Wise, Chedworth programme officer.

“It was agreed they would be better protected if excavated again and put on display in a proper environmentally controlled building which will protect them from frost and other damage.”

The £3million scheme will see new environmentally controlled conservation shelters replace old Victorian sheds.

The new building will have walkways above the mosaics allowing visitors to look down on them more easily as well as interactive displays about life in Roman Britain.

The mosaics will be unveiled at a special community day on Tuesday, 27th July, 2010 when local schools and community groups will be invited to the villa to celebrate.

This is clearly a followup to their Lottery Grant announced a few months ago

Restoring Eastgate Roman Tower

From the BBC:

A Lincolnshire hotel is working with English Heritage to restore one of the county’s most important Roman sites.

The North Tower of the East Gate in Lincoln is one of only a few surviving Roman gates in Britain.

It was first excavated in the 1960s, but now requires major restoration work to be carried out.

The restoration project will be funded by a grant of £53,000 from English Heritage, with a further £20,000 of funding from the Lincoln Hotel.

City of Lincoln Archaeologist Mick Jones explained: “It is important that the Roman East Gate is restored because it is a high-profile, prominent monument, it is one of the first things visitors see.”

Christopher Nevile, owner of the Lincoln Hotel, agreed: “Lincoln is such an important historical city and we attract so many tourists who are interested in discovering more about our heritage and culture. We want to do our bit to preserve this piece of history on our doorstep.”