You might have noticed a lack of updates here at iosa.it, and the cause is simple: I was again on the field doing the second excavation campaign of this year.
I spent 5 weeks in Vignale (Piombino - LI), near Populonia for those who know this more famous Roman site. Our excavation investigates a Roman villa/mansio which lives from the 1st BC century to at least 5th AD.
Among the most interesting things I have been doing while digging are:
- developing Total Open Station, which is now fully functional on GNU/Linux systems (Windows and Mac OS X testing still to come)
- investigating interpolation algorithms for creating a DEM of the pre-Roman palaeosoil at the site
- acting as protagonist in a 5-minute short film set in our excavation (could be uploaded to Youtube in the future)
And, most importantly, it’s the first year since 2005 in which I had more than one campaign (Gortyna being the “master” one). It’s vital not to become too tied just to one site.